£600,000 grant to tackle homelessness

Date Published: 17 September 2020

Homelessness and rough sleeping in North Kesteven is being tackled with the help of a £600,000 government grant.

A campaign called Change4Lincs is being launched on October 12 which covers the areas of North Kesteven, South Kesteven, South Holland and West Lindsey. It is designed to support people known to be rough sleeping or are at risk of having to do so.

The 14-strong Change4Lincs team is made up of a project co-ordinator, a physical health nurse, four outreach workers, four tenancy support officers, two local lettings officers and two intensive support workers.

North Kesteven District Council’s executive member for housing, Cllr Ian Carrington said: “The Change4Lincs team has got a very important role to play because last year 20 rough sleepers were identified across the four district council areas covered by the project. We now believe that this number has increased to about 80 due to changing or challenging personal circumstances, some of which are Covid related, which mean people cannot afford, access or sustain suitable accommodation.”

The key challenges being tackled by the project are:

  • Securing emergency access to safe/supported accommodation
  • Securing access to longer-term accommodation for single people
  • Providing rough sleepers with access to, and help from, support agencies to improve their physical and mental health

An information booklet about the project is available from the district council offices and support hubs, or you can find out more on the dedicated Change4Lincs pages of the South Kesteven District Council website.

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