Lancaster City Council is set to benefit from a grant to help get rough sleepers off the street and back on track.
Lancashire-based charity The Foxton Centre has been awarded £197, 360 which will fund No Second Night Out Together - a project that will establish outreach teams across Lancashire who will make contact with rough sleepers in their area and provide a quick route off the streets.
The grant from the Government’s £20 million Homelessness Transition Fund will help Lancaster City Council increase its level of outreach support for rough sleepers such as helping them into accommodation and any other support which will prevent them from returning to the street .
Councillor Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “This is great news for our outreach support service. Our dedicated and committed team of staff is on call 24/7 to respond to any new alerts of rough sleeping. With the cold weather upon us, the speed and effectiveness of their response is more crucial then ever.”
Local people can now get involved in helping to identify rough sleepers via the StreetLink Scheme - a simple, quick and effective way of connecting any rough sleepers they might come across to the support services that they need.
• To alert the council to a rough sleeper call the StreetLink phone line - 0300 500 0914 or visit www.streetlink.org.uk . You can also download the StreetLink App from the iTunes or Google Market store free of charge.