Barnsley Council secures 2019-20 Rough Sleeping Initiative funding

Barnsley Council has been successful as part of a sub-regional bid for money from the Rough Sleeping Initiative fund for 2019-20.

Along with Doncaster and Rotherham, Barnsley will benefit from funding worth £328,000, which will provide much-needed additional resources locally to support those who are homeless and rough sleeping.

The money comes as part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and was confirmed on Monday 25 March by the Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP.

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, said: "We are thrilled to receive this additional funding from the Rough Sleeping Initiative.

"As a council, we have set out to eliminate rough sleeping as part of the new Homeless Prevention and Rough Sleeping strategy which was launched last year.

"Rough sleeping remains a complex issue with no easy solution and we continue to offer support to those on our streets who need it. We encourage anyone in need of support to engage with the support services which are available.

"I would also encourage our residents to get involved with the Barnsley Homeless Alliance's Help Us Help Them campaign which looks to support those who find themselves homeless or sleeping rough within our borough.

"Please visit barnsleyhomelessalliance.org.uk to see how you can help, whether it's through the donation of goods or volunteering your time for a local charity.

"If members of the public see someone they think is sleeping rough, they can report it to streetlink.org.uk or on the StreetLink app to help them to get the assistance they need."

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#LiveIt helps us to support the most vulnerable people, making sure they can access support at the earliest possible stage. Barnsley Homeless Alliance support people who are in genuine crisis. #OwnIt by visiting barnsleyhomelessalliance.org.uk to find out how you can help.

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