22/07/20: New initiative to support rough sleepers

Breckland Council and Solo Housing have joined forces to deliver a joint new project to help rough sleepers across the district.

The £40.5k 'Off the Street' project has been funded by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as part of the national Rough Sleeping Initiative. The  funding will enable Breckland Council and Solo Housing to provide temporary accommodation to people who are currently homeless and support people sleeping rough in Breckland, helping them into more settled accommodation.

Since the launch at the end of June, three single people who had previously been sleeping rough have moved into a newly refurbished 4 bedroom property in Thetford. The property has space for 4 single people each with their own room and sharing communal facilities. The fourth person is due to move in  shortly. The project will allow people to move off the streets into somewhere safe, so that their needs can be fully assessed and they can be helped to find more settled or permanent accommodation. The project plans to work with up to 8 people at any one time and further accommodation is currently being sourced to allow this to happen.

Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Health & Housing for Breckland Council, commented "We are delighted to be working with Solo Housing to deliver much needed accommodation to help rough sleepers off the streets and provide them with valuable support so they are ready to move on to independent living.  As well as a providing a short term housing solution, residents will also receive support exploring work experience, employment or volunteering opportunities.  This is an incredibly valuable project which will have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals across the district of Breckland.   Referrals into the service will be made through the Council's rough sleeper team. " 

Carolyn Howell MBE, Chief Executive of Solo Housing commented  "We were delighted to be approached by the Breckland District Council to help set up and staff this vital project. The project allows us to move people off the street, give them time to have their needs assessed, engage with services and take the next important steps to moving into more settled accommodation."

Last updated: 22/07/2020 10:35:42