Norfolk County Council has announced that they have secured £635k of funding to tackle homelessness in the county.
There has been a worry across the country that the Government’s Everybody In scheme would lead to those that had been housed returning to the streets once the pandemic was over.
With a vaccine on the horizon, Norfolk County Council are determined to invest over £600k in making sure that evidence-based services are provided for those that need it most.
The £635k has been secured through a Social Impact Bond (SIB) and will cover a four-year project, due to start in April 2021, to introduce a new structured, evidence-based approach through better data collection and analysis. The funding has been secured through working with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Life Chances Fund (LCF).
Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Bill Borrett, said:
“This funding will provide crucial support for vulnerable people in Norfolk, and works towards our strategic aim of ‘No Homelessness in Norfolk’.
“We have an opportunity to build on the work done during the Covid pandemic to reduce homelessness and the risk of homelessness and the timing of this funding will allow us to do exactly that.
“By reducing homelessness we not only reduce the additional healthcare costs homelessness brings but also help vulnerable people and their families avoid the real and human consequences of rough sleeping. By getting this right we can make life better for anyone at risk of homelessness, and for the communities they live in.”