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Sheffield awarded £412k to help rough sleepers off the streets

Rough sleepers will be helped into long-term accommodation under council's new 'Safe Place' scheme Credit: ITV News

Sheffield City Council has been given £412,000 to prevent rough sleeping and assist people off the streets, it has announced.

The funding comes the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative, and will be spent on continuing the work by Sheffield's own rough sleeping team.

The council is currently trialling a new scheme called 'Safe Place', which includes next-day assessments and access to support. The initiative aims to help rough sleepers return home, wherever possible. In other cases, people will be helped into emergency accommodation and given assistance in securing longer-term housing options.