Huntingdonshire District Council have been awarded £23,500 from the government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP) after leading a successful joint bid on behalf of Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire.

The joint bid was made for an allocation of funding from the NSAP to assist those facing homelessness and risk of rough sleeping. The councils have supported a number of people in these situations with emergency accommodation as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, fully supporting the government’s 'Everyone In' approach, so that no one faced the prospect of being on the streets at this time.

Executive Leader of the council, Councillor Ryan Fuller, said: "Our efforts to reduce rough sleeping across the district have been effective and this funding will prove invaluable in helping those people that faced the prospect of rough sleeping during the pandemic to find and secure a new home. We are pleased that the Government has agreed to support us in helping to make sure that the people we have been able to provide emergency accommodation to during the pandemic will continue to have a safe place to stay and can begin to rebuild their lives."

The government received a high number of quality, co-produced proposals from local areas and have confirmed that Huntingdonshire District Council was successful. The funding will help support individuals into tenancies in the private rented sector.

The government’s Everyone In programme has housed approximately 15,000 vulnerable people nationally, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.