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New grant to tackle rough sleeping

Published11th June 2018

More than a quarter of a million pounds has been given to Ipswich Borough Council to slash the numbers of rough sleepers in the town.

The Government grant will be used to provide up to five additional beds for rough sleepers and extend the work done by the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter, which will open eight weeks earlier and provide more beds.

A new Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator will help to pull together all the work focused on the problem of rough sleeping and a team of outreach workers will extend the service already delivered by the Ipswich Housing Action Group (IHAG) by including specialist drug and alcohol abuses workers in partnership with Public Health.

In addition, two new posts will be created to provide more support for people with chaotic lifestyles to find them suitable accommodation.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Housing portfolio-holder, said: “This new grant shows recognition of the positive work being done in Ipswich to work with rough sleepers. It also shows that more work is needed and this needs to be for the long term. I would like to thank our partner agencies, IHAG, Genesis, Anglia Care Trust and Selig, for their support in tackling the challenges of rough sleeping.”

The latest grant runs until 31st March 2019.