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Government funding plans “short sighted”

Homeless hostels could shut, warns our chief executive

Services providing short-term accommodation for up to two years (such as Porchlight’s homelessness hostels) will no longer receive funding from the welfare system.

Instead, they will receive funding through a ring-fenced grant to local councils. The councils can issue this money at their own discretion.

This approach, which would begin in April 2020, is dangerous and short-sighted. Porchlight and other charities are calling on the government to review these plans.

New proposals to fund supported housing

Under the new proposals, councils will decide whether or not to funding will be given, and residents will no longer be required to make small payments towards rent & bills (this will be done for them).

The problem we face

Porchlight chief executive Mike Barrett says: “This short-sighted approach will leave homelessness charities very uncertain about the future. Worryingly, there’s a possibility that it could cause hostels to close.

“Years of government austerity have left councils with very difficult decisions to make about how they spend their money. If they are to decide whether or not homelessness services can be funded in these difficult times, there is a possibility the funding may not happen.

"This means that we will constantly be uncertain about the future, and won’t be able to plan for it while the homelessness crisis worsens.

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“It will also negatively affect our ability to help people who have been homeless regain their independence. While staying with us, they make small monthly payments towards rent and bills – a responsibility which will be taken away from them. Although this sounds like good news, making regular payments teaches them to better manage their money – an important skill for when they leave us and get a place of their own.”

We're fighting for change

We will continue campaigning for a different approach that ensures a more secure future for homelessness services.

Many of you have already added your voices to our campaigning work. If that includes you then thank you. You still have an important role to play – please help us to keep up the pressure on the government and together we can create a more positive future for vulnerable people.