Exeter council chiefs have revealed an ambitious £3million vision to tackle homelessness in the city.
The authority has made a bid for Next Steps Accommodation Programme funding that would see it continue to support those helped during the Covid-19 crisis.
Cash would also be used to further address rough sleeping.
Exeter City Council says there has been a ‘noticeable increase’ cases of homelessness involving a singe person since March 23 when the Government’s ‘Everybody In’ directive was announced.
A total of 102 ‘households’ have been accommodated.
This includes people in shelters and shared sleeping spaces, people rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping.
- 38 have moved on successfully through other housing options via friends/family, private rented, social housing and supported housing;
- 22 have lost or abandoned emergency accommodation;
- 42 remain in emergency Covid accommodation.
The council’s £3million bid for Whitehall cash will see the creation of 31 units of new long-term ‘move-on’ accommodation, with dedicated support, to be delivered before March 31, 2021.
This includes an investment of more than a £1million by the authority.
The accommodation will be a mixture of self-contained properties, studio flats, en-suite rooms and smaller houses of multiple occupancy
Councillor Emma Morse, lead for supporting people, said: “This is an ambitious plan to tackle homelessness in a way not seen before.
“We would like to thank our partners BCHA, Julian House, Access Health Care, Co-Lab Exeter, Exeter Homelessness Partnership and St Petrocks who are all working together with us in the best interests of the city.”
The application with city partners looks to:
- Continue to provide accommodation until the end of March 2021 for the 42 accommodated under Covid-19 measures and continue to reduce rough sleeping in the city;
- Provide dedicated support for those accommodated in hotels;
- Offer a dedicated healthcare assistant to carry out health checks for people going into accommodation and rough sleeping on the streets;
- Provide a private rented deposit scheme to support 13 people to access private rented accommodation. This will be match funded by Exeter City Council;
- Create a five -bedroomed supported lease property to provide much needed move-on accommodation.
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