Collaboration and learning key to success of Next Steps Accommodation Programme

Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 10:59am

In July of this year, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick launched the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, a £266 million fund to enable local areas to continue to provide somewhere safe to stay for 15,000 people currently experiencing homelessness. Today (29 October) allocations for the programme have been announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said: “The announcement today of how the Next Steps Accommodation Programme  funding will be allocated to Local Authorities (LAs) is a reminder that whilst the funding is welcome and presents opportunities for people to move on from their current situation, it is crucial that LAs continue to work closely with our members and wider partners.

“This collaboration will be critical to ensure that these very challenging timeframes are met, delivering schemes as quickly as possible. This is particularly timely due to impending severe weather in winter, and moreover, it underlines the importance of the Winter Transformation Fund. The Fund is an important part of the continuing effort to help people away from the streets during the pandemic.

“We need to ensure that these challenging timeframes and the scope of the original bidding round is reflected on and learnt from, to guarantee that future rounds learn the lessons from this experience. Furthermore, alongside this, we need to continue our focus on addressing the structural causes of rough sleeping – such as welfare reform, insecure housing, and multiple disadvantage, to ensure that we can work towards bringing everyone in for good.”

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Caroline Bernard

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Caroline manages Homeless Link’s information and communications team. 

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