Colchester secures funding to help support homeless and those at risk of homelessness
Colchester Borough Council (CBC) in partnership with Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has successfully secured £161,751 of funding from the Government, to support households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The funding, awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will be used to encourage landlords to rent their properties to households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and support landlords if a tenancy is at risk of failing.
Work will be targeted at addressing affordability issues, which are stopping households from renting in the private sector. Tailored packages will be developed with landlords to develop more affordable housing options.
Councillor Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome this government funding, which will make a significant impact in supporting people in our community who are struggling to secure accommodation.
“We know that some Colchester residents experience difficulties accessing and sustaining Private Rented Accommodation. This funding will allow us to offer more housing options to those households who are at risk of homelessness and will sit alongside the other work we do to prevent homelessness.
“We will continue to work hard and build on the improvements that we have already made to ensure a better Colchester for everyone.”
The funding will also be used to develop tenancy training, which could include moving, setting up and furnishing a home.
The funding provides the opportunity to develop more support for Landlords and provide training packages for those landlords who are new to their role or wish to learn more.
Colchester Borough Homes is set to launch a marketing campaign in the coming weeks to support its ‘Homestep’ scheme, which gives landlords cash incentives in exchange for a 12-month shorthold tenancy. More details can be found here: www.cbhomes.org.uk/homestep