Lincolnshire town receives over £300,000 to tackle homelessness

Boston Borough Council have announced they have been given £305,000, as part of a government initiative, to address street sleeping in the town.

The money will be used to employ six members of staff, including two additional outreach street workers, aimed at providing intensive support to those on the streets, or in danger of ending up homeless, assist those at risks to stabilise their lifestyle and avoid homelessness in the future.

Of the money, £160,000 is to come from Rapid Rehousing Pathway funding from the Government’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Whilst £145,000 is coming direct to the borough from the Rough Sleeper Initiative Fund.

Last October, Boston residents expressed concerns about the number of rough sleepers living in tents along the riverbank.

The government’s rough sleeping strategy aims at halving rough sleeping in the UK by 2022, and ending it by 2027.

by Tom McBeth

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