Released on 12 March 2019 Archived Press Release
Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Link Project, which provides drop-in support to rough sleepers and those who are homeless, is currently closed until further notice whilst a review of safety takes place.
The review, being carried out by an outside agency, started on Monday 11 March and it is hoped that initial findings from the review will be available to the District Council by the end of March.
In the meantime, help and support for people who sleep rough continues to be provided as follows:
A number of services previously provided via the Link continue to be provided from alternate locations:
Support organisations include:
Preventing homelessness is a top priority for the District Council. In February 2019 the District Council secured up to £24,000 in funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to support initiatives designed to help reduce rough sleeping in the district. The additional funds are being used to deliver a range of bespoke interventions for entrenched rough sleepers. The District Council's Community Safety team is also working with the local Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team to tackle rough sleeping and begging.
The District Council has committed funds from its own budget to continue to reduce the use of bed and breakfast accommodation by buying up to 6 properties for temporary housing. It has also approved funding for a revised Tenancy Access Scheme to help households obtain privately rented accommodation.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Tel: 01789 267575