Preston Aims For Rough Sleeper Fund!

Preston City Council has applied to receive some government support in dealing with the major homelessness issue in the area.

This follows a man passing away earlier this year, due to sleeping outside in the extreme cold.

According to reports, the Council will be working closely with the Foxton Centre, a homeless charity based in Preston, to secure funding of almost half-a-million pounds.

That funding should help deal with the City’s extraordinarily high number of rough sleepers, compared to the average across Lancashire.

Jeff Marsh, Chief executive of the Foxton Centre, said, ‘We have been involved in the development of this bid.

‘It’s really positive and exciting news for the city.

‘It does mean, if successful, there will be expanded provision for rough sleepers in the city.’

What is the ‘Rough Sleeper Fund’?

– New Rough Sleeping Team to drive reductions in rough sleeping

– Targeted £30 million fund for 2018 to 2019 for local authorities with high levels of rough sleeping

– Latest action is part of the government’s ongoing work to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027

Anthony Gilmour

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