New Government Rough Sleeping Strategy
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on Saturday (3 September 2022) published a new Rough Sleeping Strategy for England, reinforcing its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping for good.
This £2 billion Rough Sleeping Strategy comes at a critical time, with homelessness on the increase and the cost of living crisis continuing to put pressure on the most vulnerable people in society. Last week it was revealed that an estimated 3 million people across the UK are expected to be pushed into absolute poverty because of the rising energy bills.
Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House said:
“We recently joined forces with 28 other leading homeless charities and wrote to both prime ministerial candidates to urge them to publish a new strategy to end rough sleeping. We are therefore delighted at this outcome, and welcome both the strategy and the commitment of funding.
The focus on prevention, and looking at the causes and not just the symptoms, is exactly what is needed to move forward. The report clearly states that the end goal is to prevent rough sleeping wherever possible but when it does occur, it must be rare and brief and non-recurring. We work hard to provide permanent solutions for the people we support at Caritas Anchor House and look forward to working with the Government and everyone across the sector to end homelessness for good.”