£2million to tackle single homelessness in Brent

10 January 2017


A report seeking approval to commit £2million to tackle homelessness in Brent will be discussed by the Council's Cabinet later this month.



Following the Council's successful application for just under £1million from the government, the report going to Cabinet seeks approval for the Council to match that amount to fund local voluntary sector organisations to deliver homelessness prevention and relief outcomes for hundreds more single people, who the council has not been able to help before.



A recent review on housing and vulnerable people identified an important gap in provision for single people who do not qualify for the limited amount of supported housing or floating support the council commissions.



This new programme will make Brent one of the leading councils in the country in dealing with this issue, and will test an approach where voluntary sector partners are paid according to how successful they are in both tackling homelessness and helping people sustain their accommodation afterwards.



Cllr Harbi Farah, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said:



"Far too many Londoners are either homeless or at risk of losing their homes - this is unacceptable. Like most boroughs, government cuts to our funding have made it harder to help people as quickly as we'd like.



"This new money will make a big difference and, if agreed, will be a big boost to our voluntary partners, who do excellent and essential work under incredibly challenging circumstances."