Fall in rough sleepers thanks to targeted support

Community Advice and Support
16:41, Tuesday, 5th April 2022

The number of people sleeping rough in North Lincolnshire has been halved thanks to targeted work helping people get off the streets and maintain a home.

An emphasis on early support for people who may be at risk of losing their home has also paid dividends.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Tackling homelessness is a priority and we continue to work hard to get people off the streets, and importantly give them the skills so they can remain in a home.

“Crucial is tackling the underlying issues behind homelessness – from domestic violence, substance misuse or the break down in relations with friends and family, to unemployment and debt issues. Each case is different, and the right support needs to be put in place to enable people to find the right solution.

“Our aim is to enable homeless people to play a full and rewarding role in their communities. This is done by providing them with tailored support in their health, in their finances, in training and ultimately into a permanent home.

The council has, with partners, delivered an extra 31 homes for homeless people but the success is about much more than providing beds.

The support has been designed to give people the skills and support they need to maintain a home and make life-long positive changes.