Thanet council to get cash for new rough sleeping centre in Ramsgate

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Thanet council is to receive a share of £4.4m of government cash for a new rough sleeping centre in Ramsgate.

The facility will be one of four opened in the south east as part of a national scheme to provide support to people living on the streets.

A spokesman for the ministry of housing, communities and local government confirmed Ramsgate as a location for one of the centres.

Helping to tackle homelessness on the isle

Thanet Council is among 19 local authorities in the south east – seven in Kent – to be allocated this latest funding after receiving £367,322 last year from the government to support those sleeping rough.

The cash was used to establish a multi-agency team, working to help rough sleepers in the area.

A dedicated coordinator, substance misuse worker and mental health worker are now working alongside three additional Porchlight workers.

A seven-bedroom unit of supported accommodation has been launched and the funding has also provided an additional 600 nights of temporary accommodation placements, to give respite to rough sleepers when needed.

This latest round of funding, part of a total £100m pot from the government’s rough sleeping strategy scheme, will be used to continue the work.

The money will help people sleeping rough in Thanet

It is allocated to the 83 areas with the highest number of rough sleepers, of which Thanet is one.

Housing and homelessness minister Heather Wheeler says it is part of steps being taken to ensure people in the south east never have to face even one night on the streets.

“These are vulnerable people, who may be dealing with complex mental health problems or addictions and require specialist support to tackle these issues and turn their lives around,” she said.

“The funding confirmed today will ensure those sleeping on the streets have access to the professional help and guidance they need to get back on their feet – taking us one step closer to ending rough sleeping for good.”