Row of houses.

£1.5m funding award to support rough sleepers

Action Homeless are delighted to have received a share of government funding, awarded to Leicester, to provide additional accommodation and support for rough sleepers in the city.

The £1.5 million of funding will enable extensive renovation of part of Mayfield House, creating high quality bedsits for people with long histories of sleeping rough, who face additional challenges due to the trauma they have experienced. Personalised support will also be made available 24 hours a day to help people, who may be excluded from other local services, to break the cycle of homelessness.

Leicester City Council supported East Midlands Homes and Action Homeless to bid for the funding, which comes from the Government’s Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP).

East Midlands Homes (EMH), a local registered social housing provider, also received funding.

Action Homeless CEO, Mark Grant, said;

This funding will allow Action Homeless to create bespoke accommodation that meets the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in the City. It will allow us to provide them with personalised support to help break their cycle of homeless. We are grateful for the support of Leicester City Council in securing this grant.

The schemes are expected to be completed by March 2025