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Government provides grant for care leavers at risk of homelessness

Funding has been allocated by the government to 21 local authorities to support care leavers at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping.

A total of £723,114.33 grant funding has been allocated to local authorities who had the highest number of care leavers who were homeless or of no fixed abode, in either emergency or Bed and Breakfast accommodation or in ‘other accommodation’, which had been deemed by the local authority to be unsuitable.

“The funding is intended to enable local authorities to continue to employ one or more specialist Personal Advisers to provide intensive support to a small caseload of around 5-10 care leavers who the LA judges to be at highest risk of homelessness/rough sleeping,” said the grant determination letter.

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding to the local authorities in England for 2020-2021, towards expenditure lawfully incurred or to be incurred by them. This grant is intended to support delivery of the commitment set out in the government’s rough sleeping strategy, to provide intensive support to care leavers at highest risk of homelessness/rough sleeping.

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