ROCHDALE AWARDED NEW FUNDING TO HELP END ROUGH SLEEPING

Rochdale is one of 22 communities to benefit from a grant to help ensure that no-one spends a second night on the street.

12 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in Rochdale.

Local charity Petrus, in partnership with the Bond Board, has been awarded £199,108 to help Rochdale get rough sleepers off the streets, into secure accommodation and back on track.

The funding follows the launch of Streetlink, a new hotline and website which enables concerned members of the public to help connect a rough sleeper with local advice and services. This new grant will help Rochdale deliver the Streetlink promise to provide the first step towards connecting rough sleepers with the support available to them.

The Petrus award will provide a hub of support for rough-sleepers. Petrus will work to identify rough-sleepers on the street and use the Hub as a base for assessment, support, reconnection and onward referral. The Bond Board will identify four private sector tenancies to accommodate rough-sleepers. The project will promote its work and encourage community support for rough sleepers.

Welcoming the news, Housing Minister Mark Prisk said:

"We have some of the strongest protections in the world against homelessness, and our £20 million investment to ensure nobody should have to face a second night on the streets is a key part of this. Today's £199,108 for Rochdale will mean that Petrus will help make this a reality. And with the addition of new rough sleeping hotline Streetlink, people who want to make a difference in Rochdale can now take a very simple step to connect rough sleepers quickly to the help they need."

Commenting, Sharon Allen, Chair of the Fund's Grants Panel said:

"Anyone can become homeless and life on the streets is damaging and dangerous. We know that some people sleeping rough may not be known to local services and not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and services are available."

"We hope this funding will ensure more rough sleepers in Rochdale get the support they need. You can also help, save the StreetLink number - 0300 500 0914 - on your phone right now and next time your concerned about someone sleeping rough, make a call."

Welcoming the grant, Denis Skelton, Petrus Community Coordinator, said:

"I am really pleased that Step-Up Rochdale had been successful in its application to the Homeless Transition fund. The project will be a boost in consolidating the partnership between Petrus and the Bond Board who have been working together in Rochdale for a number of years."

"It's good news for Rochdale bringing resources in at a time when they are most needed. Most important, it's good news for vulnerable homeless people in the Borough."

"It will help reduce the number of nights people are spending living on the streets and get people quickly into accommodation while making sure they get the kind of support that will stop them ending up back on the street again. Petrus and the Bond Board will be working hard to make sure those who receive support get more than accommodation and are supported into work and education to get them back on the road to independence."

Administered by umbrella organisation Homeless Link and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the grant is part of £3,600,000 being awarded to 22 areas by the Homelessness Transition Fund, which was set up to help support the Government's rough sleeping strategy "Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide". Over 35 communities across England have already received funding to help put the right services in place so no one spends a second night out.

People can take action to help rough sleepers in Rochdale at www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914.

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Petrus News   Apr 2013

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