New funding to support health of rough sleepers living with mental illness and substance misuse

The Secretary of State has announced that £1.9 million will be given to councils by Public Health England to help improve the health of rough sleepers.

The funding will be awarded to projects that improve access to health services and continuity of care for people with mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are sleeping rough or at risk of returning to rough sleeping.

This could include:

  • ‘in-reach’ care models where specialist substance misuse or mental health workers run sessions in hostels or day centres
  • ‘outreach’ models where specialist workers support rough sleepers at street level
  • targeted interventions such as peer health advocacy that supports individuals to access and attend health appointments

To apply for a share of the funding, applicants should read the guidance and application pack before submitting their completed expression of interest and budget template to roughsleepinggrant@phe.gov.uk.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019.

Successful projects will be announced in the summer.