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Date published: 6th November 2020

North Norfolk District Council has been awarded £140,000, from a government fund designed to help local authorities’ and other bodies provide accommodation for homeless people in their area.   As a condition of the funding, the council will match fund to help to buy four one-bed homes to help reduce homelessness across the district.

The award comes following the Council’s Capital Bid which it made to the Next Steps Accommodation Fund (NSAF).  The Funds will assist in the council’s work to provide homes for local people who are homeless and in need but often slip through the net.  So the homes will be used to house people who are currently listed as rough sleepers or have indicated that they are in danger of becoming rough sleepers.

Cllr. Greg Hayman, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Benefits said:

“This is a great step forward in helping to deliver our commitment of Local Homes for Local People.  One of the few positive things to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a focus on homelessness and the importance of ensuring everyone has access to safe shelter and accommodation.  Something everyone should expect in a civilised society. 

With the funding, North Norfolk District Council will be able to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged North Norfolk residents.”

There are currently, 12 known rough sleepers within the district that the team at NNDC are seeking to help.  As winter approaches and a with a second ‘firebreak’ lockdown, we know that these are challenging times.

The funding is in part of the Government allocation to provide new homes for rough sleepers.

The Council works closely with local charities, organisations and other partners to help prevent rough sleeping. There are several options available to anyone who is homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

A full list of options and what help is available can be found on our website.

Last updated: 6th November 2020