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South West homeless programme gets £160,000

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

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More than £160,000 of funding has been allocated to help house homeless people in the South West.

The new funding will enable the expansion of a programme which has helped more than 300 single homeless people in the South West into private rented accommodation since 2010. The schemes recruit and support landlords and offer assistance and advice to tenants on finding suitable accommodation, paying a deposit and rent in advance and help with budgeting and paying bills amongst other services.

By the end of 2012 a total of 3,917 tenancies had been created by its 120 schemes.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: "Challenging conditions in the private rented sector make this work difficult but all the more important as people struggle to make ends meet."

Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: "This Government has a strong safety net in place to prevent homelessness and Crisis' programme has been a vital part of this, helping nearly 4,000 vulnerable people in just two years."

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  • allister  |  January 23 2013, 1:48AM

    Add to that list would be proper community gardens - properly Funded - with the aim of getting year round crops with little or no maintenance...greenhousing and hydroponic technology.... this all leads to community resilience and security of livelihood.

  • allister  |  January 23 2013, 1:47AM

    Add to that list would be proper community gardens - properly Funded - with the aim of getting year round crops with little or no maintenance...greenhousing and hydroponic technology.... this all leads to community resilience and security of livelihood.

  • allister  |  January 23 2013, 1:25AM

    - in some countries the Church and organisations like Vincent de paul - buy or own property - and then allow people to live in them as tenants - the old model of "community" used to surround the monastery or church group - but Lay people / groups / councils could do the same thing with a number of properties - with the aim of getting people to a normal a life as possible with the same lifestyle quality and access as other people....

  • allister  |  January 23 2013, 1:11AM

    Excellent work ! Direct action is the best - taking direct steps literally achieves right from the beginning...Some ideas - having a homeless count to find out how many there are - then - find out how many want a place - then - find properties / rooms and willing landlords - Then the only issue is money - access to jobs / retraining - keeping people "included" in society - networking people with friends and relatives / church and social groups / establishing neighbourhood and community centres....all helps. I think in rural counties - getting sustainable Rural properties to function self sufficient would be Excellent - along the line of intentional communities / communal living - could be encouraged / supported and funded - with Education in sustainable living - building / farming / solar and wind technology....It all starts by forming Groups / organisations that Plan and then Implement the necessary steps....

  • billinbarum25  |  January 16 2013, 8:28PM

    okay to help the homeless,,,,but its clear that the money divided by so many schemes means many more ways for the money to bleed away in "administrasion" costs,

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  • mygodlesslife  |  January 16 2013, 12:12PM

    Pfft! A drop in the ocean. I suppose any amount is more than welcome, but if £160,000 is to be shared amongst 120 schemes, this means they will each be realistically able to support four people's private deposits. Why do we need 120 schemes anyway? Seems a ridiculous number to me.

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