Devon takes on homelessness
Exeter, Teignbridge, East Devon, Mid-Devon and Torbary have been awarded £250,000 from the government’s Help for Homeless fund. The project will also see a combined £35,000 from the local authorities involved.
The new funding will provide:
* Three specialist case workers managing complex homeless clients. These will be based in Exeter and Torbay with an outreach to more rural areas as required. They will offer personalised support and interventions.
* New ways of working with the Prison and Probation Service will be trialled with two Offender Resettlement Workers working with individuals from Exeter and Channings Wood resettlement prisons. This will ensure that specialist housing advice and assistance is integrated with the new supervision requirements post prison release. This element will be delivered through the voluntary sector with a yet to be determined partner.
* Enhanced accommodation opportunities for single homeless clients will be delivered across the partnership. Working with private and affordable housing providers they will explore innovative accommodation options without needing ongoing financial commitment.
* A Private Sector Development Officer (Torbay only) to increase the supply of suitable accommodation.
* Further training for front line staff to reduce the call on specialist interventions.
(from a press release)