Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Rough Sleeping announcement

Author: Chloe Smith, Updated: 28 March 2019 14:48


Earlier this week the Government confirmed extra funding to help tackle the scourge of homelessness and rough sleeping across the UK. Councils across the country will share over £46 million to help get people off the streets and back on their feet into accommodation.


Back in August 2018 the Government launched its flagship Rough Sleeping Strategy, which sets out comprehensive next steps towards achieving the Government’s aim of supporting everyone off the streets and into a home and to end rough sleeping for good. This initiative is backed by £100 million of funding and you can find out more about the strategy by following the below link.

In this week’s announcement councils across the UK will share over £46 million to help get people off the streets. This funding forms part of the government’s £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy and will be used to fund rough sleeping coordinator roles, add new or additional outreach services and extend existing or provide new temporary accommodation.

This includes night shelters and hostel spaces. There is also an opportunity to provide housing-led solutions such as Housing First services.

I welcome the further commitment from the Government to help rough sleepers off the street for good. The Government have committed £339,929 for Norwich and £50,000 for Broadland and South Norfolk.


This funding will help many vulnerable people across Norwich North with the specialist support they need, helping vulnerable people into accommodation.

Extra funding can also be used by councils to fund additional staff to provide vulnerable rough sleepers with the advice and specialist support they need to get them off the streets.


In my work as your local MP I share the Government’s commitment to support vulnerable people across Norwich off the streets and back on their feet and this funding will do just that. It provides councils with the funding they need to provide the right support so that rough sleepers can have the safety of a roof over their head.


If you wish to seek advice or urgently need assistance with any housing matter, I would strongly urge you to contact Shelter in the immediate term. Shelter’s contact number can be found below.


Norwich Shelter:0344 515 1860