Leicester has been awarded new Government money, along with 21 other communities, to help rough sleepers across the county.
11 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in Leicester and in current temperatures this can be life-threatening.
Action Homeless, a Leicester-based charity, has been awarded almost £200,000 to help get rough sleepers off the streets and into secure accommodation.
The charity is this year celebrating 50 years of offering help to the city's homeless.
The funding follows the launch of StreetLink, a new national hotline which enables the public to help connect a rough sleeper with local advice and services. StreetLink has been contacted over 4,000 times by the public since it launched on 11th December 2012.