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21/12/2016

Khan announces £50m homeless fund

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has set out plans to help homeless people through a £50 million fund to deliver properties specifically earmarked for people needing to move on from hostels and refuges.

Khan said the funding would help homeless people, including rough sleepers, young people and women, who are ready to move into a home of their own.

The funding is available to housing providers as part of the mayor’s £3.15 billion affordable housing programme, for which he recently published guidance.

Khan has also launched funding for a specialist service, the Female Hidden Homeless Project, which will be run by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. This aims to respond to women who chose to hide their situation and sleep hidden from view.

He announced this at a visit to the Marylebone Project, which provides 112 long and short-term beds to homeless women, as well as emergency beds.

Khan said: “Rising levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in London are beyond shameful in one of the richest cities in the world and it’s a sad fact that for years some of London’s most vulnerable people have been let down and ignored.

“Rough sleeping can be very dangerous, and homeless women are particularly vulnerable to abuse, which is why the specialist services provided by places like the Marylebone Project and the Female Hidden Homeless Project that I am supporting are much needed.”

The accommodation offered by the mayor will run on two-year tenancies to homeless people ready for independent living.

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