New homes for vulnerable homeless citizens

Published: 27 March 2024

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£1.25m will go towards homes for homeless adults with complex physical and mental health needs

Derby City Council and Derby Homes have successfully secured £1.25m in funding to help provide housing for homeless adults with complex physical and mental health needs.

Funded by the Single Homeless Accommodation Programme, introduced by the Government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the money will be used to purchase and refurbish 12 self-contained flats. Onsite support for residents will also be available to help them manage their properties and develop the skills they need to live independently.

The scheme will support people who have no viable accommodation options and who, without this support, are unlikely to successfully manage their own tenancy. It is hoped that by developing trust with teams from Derby Homes, residents will not only become more stable but will also be more likely to access other key services on offer.

Councillor Shiraz Kahn, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regulatory Services said:

I am extremely proud of the amount of help and support available for homeless people in Derby. Our offer is one of the best in the country, and emergency accommodation is available to anyone that needs it, meaning no-one must spend a night on the streets.”

“While there are still people who find themselves homeless, there is still work to be done.  We have a duty to help those who are at risk of rough sleeping, especially vulnerable people.”

“This project is a strong step in the right direction. The key element is not just providing a roof over someone’s head, but also giving them the tools needed to continue to live independently.

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