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Extra funding announced for regions homeless

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Birmingham and Solihull Councils have been awarded a £400,000 grant to help the homeless, weeks after the death of a rough sleeper.

The city council teamed up with Solihull Borough Council to win Government funding to help get people new to the streets the rapid support that they need.

There was an outcry after CCTV cameras caught the last moments of homeless man Chirac Ionut, 30, who died in a city centre loading bay on November 30.

There was an outcry after CCTV cameras caught the last moments of homeless man Chirac Ionut. Credit: West Midlands Police.

The tragedy raised awareness of the regions homeless as housing charity Shelter predict 10,000 people in the area now have no roof over their heads.

The Rough Sleeping Grant will be used to support the homeless by offering them a safe place to sleep, physical and mental health checks and substance misuse screening.

The money will be used to create two new posts whose holders will help rough sleepers. Credit: ITV News.

Work will be co-ordinated through a team of nurses, substance misuse workers and housing and support officers, and will link to existing outreach and other service providers.

The money will be used to create two new posts whose holders will help rough sleepers after they are discharged from Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals and HMP Birmingham.

Funding will also be given to a new assessment and triage night shelter. Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for housing and homes, Councillor Peter Griffiths, said:

“Rough sleeping is not a lifestyle choice and, as with all aspects of homelessness, it springs from issues that need early intervention. This programme will help people who are new to sleeping rough, or who are in danger of sleeping rough, through a range of targeted, specialist interventions and will support those people we have identified as being particularly vulnerable to rough sleeping. Only by working in a targeted way with partners across the city and the surrounding area can we ensure that vulnerable people get the support that they need.”

– Councillor Peter Griffiths
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The Rough Sleeping Grant comes a week after the Government also confirmed financial support of £1.7million for Birmingham City Council in their efforts to prevent homelessness through the Trailblazer scheme.

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