Bradford Receives £100,000 Homeless Boost

It'll “help vulnerable people off the streets and into a safe and secure home”.

Bradford Council has been awarded a Government grant of £100,000 to tackle homelessness in the district.

The Cabinet Office funding will “help vulnerable people off the streets and into a safe and secure home” and Bradford is one of the successful bidders in Yorkshire for the cash pot.

The Government says the cash in Bradford will help “enhance the offer to landlords for their existing Private Sector Lettings Scheme, through rent guarantees and damage liability, and enhance the sustainment of tenancies through support officers providing a single point of contact for landlords.”

Bradford, Kirklees and Barnsley councils will share £369,198 to tackle the issue, which the cabinet says will help up to 400 households across Yorkshire and the Humber.

Councils will use the boost to help those who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless to secure their own tenancy – such as paying deposits for the tenancy or putting down the first months’ rent.

The announcement forms part of the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy which sets out detailed plans to end rough sleeping for good – backed by £100m funding.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler MP said: “Everyone deserves to have a home to call their own. Yet often, vulnerable people on the brink of becoming homeless will struggle to find the money to get the safe and secure home they need to get back on their feet.

“This money will make a huge difference in opening up the private rented sector to people who need it in Yorkshire and the Humber and give them the chance to rebuild their lives.

“This is just one part of the wide-ranging work we are doing to help tackle all forms of homelessness, including our Rough Sleeping Strategy as we ensure more homes are made available for those in need.”

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