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Bid for rough sleeper support in County Durham

Published November 07, 2023 3.45pm

A North East council has bid for government funding to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

Next week, our Cabinet will hear details of a bid submitted to Homes England and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities as part of the government's Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP).

Cabinet will hear more details when it meets on Wednesday, 15 November at 9.30am. Members of the public can attend in person or view the meeting live via DCC on YouTube.

Accomodation and support

Announced in September 2022, SHAP has allocated £200 million in funding for us to provide accommodation and support for rough sleepers and young people who are at risk of rough sleeping.

SHAP aims to increase the supply of high-quality accommodation with accompanying support to address homelessness. It is intended to help recovery where people need high levels of support, and to prevent young people (aged 18 to 25) who may be at risk of experiencing homelessness or rough sleeping in the future.

If successful, our bid would secure three years of funding for specialist homeless service provision with an additional 32 new bed spaces, create around 20 new jobs, and bring socio-economic benefits.

It will fund individualised, tailored support and help people develop skills to manage and maintain a tenancy with the aim of progressing to live in mainstream housing.

Breaking the cycle

Cllr James Rowlandson, our Cabinet member for resources, investment and assets, said: "Homelessness can devastate lives, affecting people's health, relationships, and their ability to gain and sustain employment. In County Durham, we are committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting people to live well and lead independent lives.

"Funding from SHAP will align with our emerging Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy and complement the work we are already doing to reduce rough sleeping with an ambition to end it for good."

People in County Durham can comment on the consultation on the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy until Monday 18 December. Details of the consultation, and how to take part, can also be found by emailing