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SMART secure further funding to continue helping homeless people in Bedford and Milton Keynes

After a successful initial 6 month period, we are delighted to receive additional funding to continue both ‘The Bedford Initiatives Team’ and ‘The Milton Keynes Initiatives Team’ until March 2020.

The Initiatives Teams help those who are rough sleeping in Bedford and Milton Keynes to tackle the problems that led to their homelessness, and create plans for a brighter future. The outreach caseworkers work closely with rough sleepers forming supportive relationships with people who have otherwise lost trust, and have often been excluded from other services.

Milton Keynes Initiatives is funded by MCHLG (Ministry of Housing). The project works in partnership with other local professional partners and housing providers, but in particular with Milton Keynes County Council and Connexions. The team have already helped 54 rough sleepers into various forms of accommodation.

Bedford Initiatives is funded by Bedford Borough Council. The project works in partnership with other local services and housing providers in Bedford, but in particular with Bedford Borough Council, The Kings Arms Project, The Salvation Army and BPHA (Housing Association). The team have already helped 129 rough sleepers into various forms of accommodation, from temporary beds to permanent housing.

Jen Robus, SMART’s Outreach Manager said “our team of caseworkers work with people who are rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping. For those already rough sleeping, support is offered to improve the wellbeing of the person, and help them access and engage with other complex needs support as needed.

“Common Issues include, but are not limited to: financial issues, mental health, substance misuse, physical health & mobility, social isolation and exploitation. Our caseworker’s will work with the individual, on their goals and at their own pace, with the hope and aim of supporting them into suitable accommodation.

“Once in accommodation, we continue to support the individual to set the property up as a home, alongside continuing to support the person accessing other agencies. Tenancy sustainment work continues thereafter for as long as is required to help the individual have all they need to move into a more stable and healthier lifestyle, including maintaining the accommodation, finances, future volunteering and/or work prospects.”

If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough in Bedford or Milton Keynes you can email or call the national 24 hour rough sleeping referral line ‘StreetLink’ on 03005000914.

Read more about Bedford Initiatives.

Read more about Milton Keynes Initiatives.

Take a look at SMART’s Impact Report for more information on both initiatives.

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