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SoS launches fund to help prevent homelessness

Words: Laura Edgar
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Housing secretary James Brokenshire has launched the Private Rented Sector Access Fund, which is designed to help up to 9,000 people who are, or are at risk of becoming homeless to secure their own home.

Announced on World Homeless Day (10 October), the £20 million fund is part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy.

It will be used to either help set up locally led schemes or expand existing ones. The government said the schemes would be tailored to match the needs of each local area’s residents and landlords.

Councils could use the money to provide financial support to help people to access or maintain tenancies, such as paying deposits for the tenancy or rent payments. Schemes could also see the council manage the property on the landlord’s behalf.

Brokenshire said: “It is vital we give people facing homelessness a route out of it and a chance to rebuild their lives. The private rented sector has an important role in this.

“This £20 million fund will allow councils to put in place vital new schemes so that those at risk will have the support to secure their own tenancy.”

The fund was launched following the duty to refer, which is part of the Homelessness Reduction Act, coming into force this month. This will see patients, prisoners and jobseekers at risk of homelessness referred to their local housing authority.

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