Further government support for rough sleepers
People sleeping rough, particularly those with drug and alcohol misuse problems, often have difficulty accessing healthcare and face a revolving door where they are in and out of services. It is therefore welcome news that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that a further £16 million of planned spending on drug and alcohol support for homeless people is being brought forward to this year, and is in addition to the £7 million already available.
This funding will be targeted at the areas with the highest numbers of people sleeping rough who have been moved into emergency accommodation during the pandemic in order to support their ongoing drug and alcohol treatment needs.
Further details about the funding will be shared via the PHE Regions shortly. You can read more here.