Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news that homelessness figures nationally have fallen by 2% from 2017 to 2018.
Whilst this is good news, there is still more to do. The Government is determined to get to the root of the problem and tackle the complex range of reasons why people sleep rough to prevent rough sleeping from happening in the first place.
Amongst the Government schemes aimed at tackling homelessness the Rough Sleeping Strategy, backed by £100 million of funding for the first two years, sets out plans to help deliver on the Government’s goal of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and ending it altogether by 2027.
Locally Lewes and Eastbourne Councils have jointly published their own rough sleeping strategy, which will see a dedicated outreach worker appointed to engage with rough sleepers. Other initiatives include expansion of accommodation for rough sleepers, the establishment of monthly multi-agency meetings and a Landlords Reward Scheme providing incentives for landlords to let their properties through the councils.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Both locally and nationally there are rough sleeping reduction strategies being put in place to help get people off of the streets so that they can start to rebuild their lives. I am pleased that nationally the number of those rough sleeping is falling and I hope that this trend will continue. We need to carry on doing all that we can to ensure that we meet our target to eliminate homelessness altogether by 2027.”