October 1st, 2016

Funding agreed for gateway homeless project

Updated: 10:53 am, May 07, 2015

A PLAN for £20,000 worth of funding to be provided for a Bromsgrove homeless project was unanimously given the green light at a meeting of the full district council.

Members backed the plan last Wednesday (November 19) to accept £11,200 from Worcestershire County Council and £6,000 from St Basil’s, whilst providing £3,000 itself to fund the Gateway Service for 16 to 23-year-olds.

The move comes because a similar service, currently being delivered by St Basils, is due to end in January as the Government funding in place will no longer be available.

Officers from Bromsgrove District Council worked with their counterparts at Worcesteshire County Council, Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) and St Basils.

The service will provide a year’s worth of funding for crisis and emergency support for young people who are homeless or facing homelessness.

The gateway officer will assess each young person’s housing and support needs in conjunction with the options team at bdht.

Opportunities to prevent homelessness or provide housing options will be explored and those using the service will also be supported to develop their skills and confidence, assisting them to make the transition into adulthood.