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More than a million pounds to tackle rough sleeping across Wales

The homelessness funding comes as temperatures fall. Credit: ITV Wales

The Welsh Government has announced £1.34 million to tackle rough sleeping in Wales this winter.

The new funding includes £25,000 for every local authority in Wales to help councils support rough sleepers in their area.

The areas with the highest need are Cardiff, Swansea, Wrexham and Newport. They will receive specific extra funding.

Last year saw an estimated rise of 10% of rough sleepers with 345 people sleeping on the streets of Wales.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Julie James said the funding is vital to ensure people who are sleeping rough have the help and support they need as the weather turns colder.

The funding is part of £30 million that will be invested over this year and the next to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

People find themselves sleeping on the streets for a range of complex reasons, and they may require a great deal of support and understanding. We are committed to supporting them to find safe and secure housing, so they can achieve their full potential.

– Julie James, Minister for Housing and Local Government

Anyone who is concerned about a rough sleeper is encouraged alert local authorities and outreach services by using the Streetlink App.