1. ITV Report

£300,000 to help rough sleepers in Suffolk

Almost £300,000 pounds is to be spent on accommodation for rough sleepers in Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

The money comes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

£300,000 to help rough sleepers in Suffolk Credit: ITV Anglia

East Suffolk Council has been awarded a total of £292,316 to help rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping in the district.

The funding will be used to deliver two projects providing help for those who are vulnerable to homelessness, including people with mental health issues, those experiencing domestic abuse and ex-offenders.

£300,000 to help rough sleepers in Suffolk Credit: ITV Anglia
  • The first project, called 'Somewhere Safe to Stay', will provide emergency beds in 'hubs' in both Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Available for up to 72 hours, the emergency accommodation will ensure rough sleepers and people who may be at risk of homelessness are safe whilst also having their needs assessed and appropriate support made available. The funding will also provide for specialist workers to staff the hubs around the clock.
  • The second project made possible through the funding will be a Supported Lettings scheme, which will see the Council employ dedicated officers to help former rough sleepers move on from emergency accommodation into supported, temporary or longer term housing.

We are committed to helping people who are rough sleeping or who find themselves facing imminent homelessness. Our existing work with local partners has already reduced the number of rough sleepers in the district and this funding will enable us to offer even more support to those in urgent housing need."

– Cllr Richard Kerry, East Suffolk Council