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Wednesday 10 October 2018

Today the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a £20 million fund which will allow councils to put in place new schemes so that those at risk of homelessness will have the support they need to secure their own tenancy.

The Private Rented Sector Access Fund, launching on World Homeless Day by Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP, is a dedicated fund designed to help up to 9,000 people who are or at risk of becoming homeless to secure their own home. The fund will be used to either help set up locally-led schemes or expand those currently in use. These schemes will be tailored to match the needs of each local area's residents and landlords.

This could involve councils providing financial support to help those to access or maintain their tenancies, such as paying deposits for the tenancy or rent payments. Alternatively, some schemes may involve the council managing the property on the landlord's behalf.

Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP said: “It is vital we give people facing homelessness a route out of it and a chance to rebuild their lives. The private rented sector has an important role in this.

"The £20 million fund will allow councils to put in place vital new schemes so that those at risk will have the support to secure their own tenancy.

"It is just one part of the wide-ranging work we are doing to help tackle all forms of homelessness, including our Rough Sleeping Strategy as we ensure more homes are made available for those in need."

Whilst any funding to help the homeless is good news, skeptics could certainly argue that £20 million is just a drop in the ocean, and if the growing private rented sector is to accommodate its share of the nations homeless people, then surely the Government's report card would say "must try harder".