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PRESS RELEASE - Brent and St Mungo’s partner to help rough sleepers
Brent and St Mungo’s partner to help rough sleepers
A new hub offering shelter to people sleeping rough has opened in Willesden as part of Brent’s commitment to show homelessness the door.
The hub is one of two new services run by the charity St Mungo’s that will help to tackle homelessness after the council secured a £359,000 grant from the nationwide Rough Sleeper Initiative.
Brent bid for the grant in order to help homeless people who find it hard to get off the streets, such as people with mental health issues, or no recourse to public funds.
The hub is able to house up to eleven people at any one time, with two bed spaces set aside for women. People who use the service may be those who are sleeping on the streets, due for discharge from hospital but who have nowhere to go, or those coming out of prison or with no recourse to public funds because they are not UK nationals but need temporary support while their longer term options are assessed. Every person who uses the hub will be assessed within 72 hours with the idea that they will move on from the hub after a maximum stay of eight weeks.
The grant also supports two other services: six flats to house single people with a history of rough sleeping, run by St Mungo’s, and a social worker, employed by Brent Council, who will start at the end of November 2018.
The six flats across the borough have been allocated to people who may have experienced a complicated mix of poor mental and physical health, alcohol and drug problems, and childhood trauma which has meant they have slept rough for many years.
People in these six flats will be given a 12 month introductory tenancy that could be extended to five years. The properties provide long term safe and stable accommodation for people who are working towards their recovery from homelessness.
The social worker will work closely with the Brent outreach team, going out on the streets to meet people sleeping rough and be able to offer mental health assessments. They will also work one day a week in Brent Civic Centre, offering mental health support and advice to single homeless people.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: “We are pleased to be working with St Mungo’s to offer these new services, which have already helped nine people off the streets.
“The flats and the hub are providing practical ways to help rough sleepers in Brent and support people who find themselves without a roof over the head to improve their health and long term opportunities.”
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in Brent, you can help by contacting the national referral service StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk and leaving details. These will then be passed on to the Brent outreach team, who refer into this new hub.
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