Rough Sleeper Initiative funding bid success

Mole Valley District Council, in partnership with East Surrey districts and boroughs, has succeeded in a funding bid to the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative winning £131,440.

The Rough Sleeper Initiative fund is intended to provide local support for those living on the streets and to achieve the government’s target to reduce rough sleeping.

The money provided by this bid will go towards six extra beds for rough sleepers across East Surrey to add to the current two in Mole Valley. There will also be extra funding for the East Surrey Outreach Service, provided by the Thames Reach charity[1], to enhance the part of their service that works intensively with clients with the most complex needs for another year.

Councillor Elizabeth Daly, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said, “The new funding will support Mole Valley by giving more options for rough sleepers and ensuring our clients with complex needs get the extra support and additional budget they need through the East Surrey Outreach Service.

“Supporting people who find themselves homeless is a key Community Wellbeing priority at Mole Valley.

“This boost of funding will allow Mole Valley District Council and our partners to improve essential services that benefit rough sleepers in Mole Valley and East Surrey.”

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