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Rapid Rehousing funding increased

Extra funding is aimed at helping homeless people into stable accommodation.

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An additional £9 million of funding will be provided to local authorities to prevent homelessness and help people into more permanent accommodation.

The investment will increase the local authority funding being provided for Rapid Rehousing from £15 million to £24 million over three years.

The Scottish Government said the funding will help transform services, so people facing homelessness can either immediately, or as quickly as possible, be placed into permanent, stable accommodation with the support they need.

Announcing the funding following a visit to an Aberdeenshire shared accommodation service, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“Temporary accommodation provides an important safety net in a crisis, but we know it is not the solution.

“The evidence shows what most people need is a settled place to stay where they can rebuild their lives. Where additional support is required, it will be most effective when people are living in a stable home, in mainstream housing.

“This additional funding will help reduce time spent in temporary accommodation and get people experiencing homelessness into appropriate and sustainable housing as quickly as possible.”

Zhan McIntyre, SFHA Policy Lead said:

“We are pleased to hear that Scottish Government has increased the funds available to support the shift to rapid rehousing.

“Our members are eager to support local authority partners to achieve the ambition but have been concerned that insufficient investment had been identified for this process.

“This increase will go some way to help deliver the change we are looking for to improve lives for people experiencing homelessness across Scotland.”

COSLA Vice President Graham Houston said:

“Tackling homelessness is a key issue for councils across Scotland. We welcome the extra resource to help local authorities begin to move towards Rapid Rehousing.

“We will continue to work in partnership with Scottish Government to ensure councils have the resources needed.”

The money is part of the Scottish Government’s £50 million Ending Homelessness Together fund.

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