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HCA announces successful bidders for £37.5m of Homelessness Change Programme funding

Published date : 12 October 2011

Thirty housing associations, local authorities and other providers are set to deliver around 1,200 new or improved bed spaces at hostels and day centres for homeless people, as the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirmed successful organisations for £37.5m of Homelessness Change Programme funding today.

The funding will be allocated to 37 projects around the country totalling £12.5m for each year of the current Spending Period from 2012 to 2015, and will support the development and improvement of hostels and accommodation services to support rough sleepers, and those at risk of sleeping rough into more stable independent living.

As part of the Government’s strategy to end rough sleeping, the Homelessness Change Programme strand within the HCA’s current Affordable Homes Programme aims to build on the success of its predecessor, Places of Change. The funding targets the development of new or refurbished hostel accommodation with an emphasis on the elimination of poor quality, unfit for purpose facilities. It is anticipated the funding will deliver nearly 1,200 new or improved bedspaces.

Welcoming Housing Minister Grant Shapps’ announcement confirming the allocations today, Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the HCA, said:

“People who find themselves homeless are one of the most disadvantaged groups in society, but have a positive contribution to make to our communities. With the right opportunity, they can break the cycle of homelessness and turn their lives around. The projects to benefit from our Homelessness Change Programme funding will offer them the chance to come off the streets, by creating safe, welcoming and modern places for them to change their lives long-term.

“In the same way as our other Affordable Homes Programme commitments, all offers for Homelessness Change Programme funding were assessed on fit with local need, strategic priorities for the identified client groups and value for money. We are now working with our partners to deliver on this and thereby make a positive step towards tackling rough sleeping in England.”

The allocations break down as follows:

HCA Operating Area Lead  HCA funding
East and South East £3,169,028
*London £11,660,000
Midlands £5,794,530
North East Yorkshire and The Humber £4,428,405
North West £6,034,181
South and South West £6,380,818
Grand Total £37,466,962

Note: these figures are subject to contract.

*The GLA will be responsible for project delivery in London.

In addition, and in view of the high demand for the funding, the Minister also announced a further £5m which will be allocated to the programme. Details will be available very shortly.

For more detail on the projects which will be in receipt of the £37.5m of funding, download the list from the HCA website.

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For more media information please contact Helen Stoddart in the HCA press office, 020 7874 8263 / helen.stoddart@hca.gsx.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

In December 2008, the HCA took over delivery of the three year Places of Change Programme from DCLG, which provided £80m of capital funding for over 111 projects across England. These range from refurbishment of hostels and day centres to specific training initiatives and social enterprise schemes.

The Homelessness Change Programme strand within our current Affordable Homes Programme aims to build on the success of Places of Change and support housing provision for one of the most disadvantaged groups in society. With a specific focus on developing new or refurbished hostel accommodation with an emphasis on the elimination of poor quality, unfit for purpose facilities, £37.5m of Affordable Homes funding is being made available specifically for Homelessness Change projects over this current Spending Review period.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.  Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.  

 

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