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More funding to help the homeless in Dorset

Government funding to help support vulnerable homeless people will be benefiting Dorset residents after Borough of Poole was named as one of the recipients of the Single Homeless Fund. 

A total of £23million of Government funding was announced on Tuesday 9 December to be used to help the homeless turn around their lives. Over £240,000 of this has been awarded to a partnership between Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council to help engage hard-to-reach people and break homelessness cycles that lead to rough sleeping.

The project will deliver 12 units of accommodation using the Housing First model, with four in each area. The service, which will be the first of its kind to be implemented in Dorset, will be provided by Two Saints. The funding received will finance the pilot scheme for two years.

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased to have been one of the local authorities successful in gaining money from the Single Homeless Fund. The new project will allow us to help individuals who are some of the hardest to reach, and who often have complex needs in addition to requiring accommodation.

“We look forward to working with our partners in this project to provide the support that many single homeless people need to help turn their lives around.”

It is estimated that the 34 projects that have received funding from the Single Homeless Fund will provide help and support to around 22,000 people nationwide. Borough of Poole will work as the lead authority in the project and will hold the funds to be used by all partners. 

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