Another bid success for homelessness
The Council has secured a Cold Weather Fund bid of £45,583 from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The funding will provide 6 additional beds for emergency accommodation through borough charity Maninplace who help homeless clients. This will increase the number of hostel beds during the cold winter months.
During the coldest months of the year there is always a higher demand for emergency accommodation. Homeless clients will have access to the additional beds and a warm and safe space for the night, ensuring they do not have to sleep rough.
The Council works with local borough charities – Maninplace, STAY and KiP@Maninplace, which is a community initiative of Maninplace. All these partners work with the Council to respond to the growing needs of rough sleepers.
Partners also help those who are rough sleeping by providing support and helping them access accommodation. Their work also involves recruiting local volunteers and generating donations from the wider community and businesses.
Councillor David Wright, Cabinet Member for Housing, said “We are all looking at rough sleeping to identify issues and potential solutions to these and how we can help beat rough sleeping. Maninplace provide the emergency night accommodation and this funding will help them to provide additional provision during the coldest months.
“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure provision and support is provided to rough sleepers”.
During December the Council is also asking the public to ‘Round Up Your Pound’ of spare change and make a donation to tackle homelessness. Donation boxes are available in a number of Christmas stalls at Telford Christmas Market until 23 December and in all council owned sports and leisure centres, Café Go in Addenbrooke House, Southwater One, The Place Oakengates and Telford Ice Rink until the new year.
Donations can also be made online at homeless.telford.gov.uk. Donations will be divided equally between the three local charities – Maninplace, STAY Telford and YMCA Wellington.