£38 million to boost accommodation for Londoners at risk of losing their home

Some £38 million of Government funding is to be spent providing thousands of extra properties for people in London who are in danger of losing their home.

Through the innovative new scheme London boroughs will join forces to provide safe accommodation for families on the edge of homelessness, backed by money from the Government’s £1.2 billion overall investment in tackling homelessness.

Secretary of State for Housing and Communities, James Brokenshire, said that it will help provide a long term, stable solution for vulnerable families struggling to find secure accommodation, providing a safety net for those who may otherwise feel they have nowhere else to go.

Currently, all London boroughs are responsible for providing accommodation for those at risk of homelessness both inside and outside their area. However, this can often lead to areas competing for the best accommodation, driving up prices and slowing down the provision of quality housing for the most vulnerable.

‘Everyone deserves a safe and secure home. I’ve seen for myself how hard each of the London boroughs works to provide those that are homeless with the support they need and a roof over their heads,’ said Brokenshire.

‘This radical new way of working and unprecedented collaboration between the boroughs and government will make a real difference – providing more accommodation for the vulnerable and helping them to get back on their feet and away from homelessness for good,’ he added.

Through collaboration, boroughs will collectively strengthen our market position and secure much better housing options for homeless Londoners.

To date, 11 London boroughs have signed up to the scheme, with more expected to come on board in the future. Over the next three years, the scheme is expected to help over 35,000 households within Greater London out of homelessness.

London Councils are now working to establish the not-for-profit company who will deliver the Capital Letters programme. They will be tasked with providing this vital service on behalf of the boroughs and will undertake the management of the homes which are provided.

The joined-up approach will also give those at risk of homelessness the chance to stay closer to where they currently live, meaning that disruption to their employment or education can be reduced during what is already a difficult time.

Capital Letters is being supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of the Government’s commitment to addressing homelessness and encouraging collaborative solutions to tackle the issue.