The Government is in danger of causing irreparable damage to supported housing for homeless people said St Mungo’s today as the charity launched its new campaign, Save Hostels Rebuild Lives.
St Mungo’s is asking people to sign a petition that urges the Government to think again on plans that will reform the way that hostels for homeless people are funded, potentially leaving vulnerable people at risk of rough sleeping.
The number of people sleeping rough in England has increased by 134% in the last five years. According to latest statistics, 4,134 people sleep rough on any one night. Four in ten rough sleepers have a mental health problem and they are at great risk of violence and abuse.
Supported housing projects such as hostels give people with complex or multiple physical and mental health needs a safe place to stay and the help they need to help them to recover from homelessness and rebuild their lives.
A Government Green Paper, due to be published this spring, will outline how supported housing projects will be funded in the future and the St Mungo’s petition is urging the Government to ensure that services are not put at further risk in this latest funding change.
Analysis by the National Audit Office showed that funding for housing related support fell by 45% between 2010/11 and 2014/15.