South West homeless programme gets £160,000
More than £160,000 of funding has been allocated to help house homeless people in the South West.
The new funding will enable the expansion of a programme which has helped more than 300 single homeless people in the South West into private rented accommodation since 2010. The schemes recruit and support landlords and offer assistance and advice to tenants on finding suitable accommodation, paying a deposit and rent in advance and help with budgeting and paying bills amongst other services.
By the end of 2012 a total of 3,917 tenancies had been created by its 120 schemes.
Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: "Challenging conditions in the private rented sector make this work difficult but all the more important as people struggle to make ends meet."
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Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: "This Government has a strong safety net in place to prevent homelessness and Crisis' programme has been a vital part of this, helping nearly 4,000 vulnerable people in just two years."