Exeter’s Homeless Population Receives Funding Boost
By Sofy Robertson
The City Council has announced that it will receive funding to support Exeter’s homeless population and aims to get people off the streets and into homes.
Exeter City Council will receive £120,800 from the government to tackle homelessness in the city.
One of the many problems that the Council faces is getting homeless people into private rented properties as landlords will often achieve higher rents from elsewhere in the market.
The funding will help address this issue and improve the access to these types of properties for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping.
Exeter is one of 54 authorities across England to receive government funding from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The announcement was made by the Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP.
Lead Councillor for People, Cllr Emma Morse, explained:
“We’re grateful to MHCLG for this funding boost which we hope will give many people an opportunity to secure their own tenancy and make a home in properties that can be difficult and costly to access.
“A range of landlord incentives including financial assistance and tenancy support will enable the Council to compete with the market and reach landlords who may not normally let to homeless households.
“The funding will allow the Council to go some way to alleviate tenant and landlord concerns and help us to help homeless households secure good quality, affordable accommodation.” (Exeter City Council)
The Private Rented Sector Access Fund compliments existing government action to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. It sits alongside the government’s £1.2 billion funding programme to tackle homelessness including with support via the Homelessness Reduction Act.
The Council is pleased to be working in partnership with local homelessness charity St Petrock’s on the scheme that aims to reduce Exeter’s homeless population.
To help support homeless people in Exeter, read about the YMCA Sleep Easy campaign and how you can take part or donate.