Rough sleeping

2 June 2019 Posted by

Cornwall Housing (CHL) are working with partners across the county to end rough sleeping across Cornwall. CHL have been awarded just over £970k via Cornwall Council to set up and run a number of 12 month projects aimed at further reducing rough sleeping. Adding to existing projects and initiatives funded via CHL, Cornwall Council and the MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) 4 new projects are in the process of being set up. These projects will be:

 

  • A Somewhere Safe to Stay (SStS) hub. This will be a rapid assessment centre providing sit up space 24/7 for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping as a safe place to go, be assessed and then moved on into more sustainable housing as appropriate. This may be a move into a night shelter, into temporary accommodation via CHL, into a hostel or other supported accommodation, into a Short Term Accommodation and Resettlement (STAR) unit, into a Housing First Property or into the private rented sector. The SStS project will provide a roaming hub based out of existing community provision. It will move location every 6 weeks to ensure full county coverage. CHL will engage with local embers and organisations in the set-up of the hubs. At present locations in Truro, Penzance and Falmouth have been identified with additional sites in Newquay and St Austell currently being explored.

 

  • A Supported Lodgings scheme. This will provide tenancy sustainment to those moving into their own properties who have a history of rough sleeping to enable them to gain the skills needed to live independently going forwards without further risk of homelessness.

 

  • A new Navigator service which will support those with multiple/complex needs throughout their journey off the streets and into independence. The navigator service will be a single point of contact for all agencies involved with those supported and will coordinate support around them. As part of this service we will also be setting up a Homeless Health Peer Advocacy (HHPA) service in partnership with Groundswell. This service will work with those who have experience of homelessness and rough sleeping training them up to become peer mentors to those in need, encouraging and supporting access to health services and in engaging with services that can support a move away from the streets.

 

  • Expanding Cornwall Housing Private Lets team into the North and East of the County to provide a social lettings agency, supporting those with experience of homelessness to move into the private rented sector. Tenancy sustainment support across the county will now also be provided as part of this – one in the North and East and one down West.

 

If you would like more information on these projects or wish to get involved please contact Jude Cross, Rough Sleeping Strategic Lead on Judith.cross@cornwallhousing.org.uk

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