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New initiative to support rough sleepers in Breckland

By Fiona Carling on 24.7.20

Breckland Council and Solo Housing have joined forces to deliver a joint new project to help rough sleepers across the district.

The ‘Off the Street’ project has been funded by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government as part of the national Rough Sleeping Initiative. The  funding has enabled Breckland Council and Solo Housing to provide temporary accommodation to people who are currently homeless and support people sleeping rough in Breckland, helping them into more settled accommodation.

Since the launch at the end of June, three single people who had previously been sleeping rough have moved into a newly refurbished 4-bedroom property in Thetford. The property has space for 4 single people each with their own room and sharing communal facilities. The fourth person is due to move in  shortly. The project allows people to move off the streets into somewhere safe, so that their needs can be fully assessed, and they can be helped to find more settled or permanent accommodation. The project hopes to provide a further 4 beds of accommodation subject to any funding commitment which can be made to support the project. Referrals into the service will be made through Breckland Council’s rough sleeper team.

Quote from existing residents.

E said “This place is really nice. Just being here is helping me with motivation. I feel I want to keep this place in the good shape it was in, when I arrived”

M said “This place is much better for my mental health. I feel like I’m actually receiving help while here. I have already received great support”


WIN 20200722 15 13 55 Pro Duane 55Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Health & Housing for Breckland Council, commented;

"We are delighted to be working with Solo Housing to deliver much needed accommodation to help rough sleepers off the streets and provide them with valuable support so they are ready to move on to independent living.  As well as a providing a short-term housing solution, residents will also receive support exploring work experience, employment, or volunteering opportunities.  This is an incredibly valuable project which will have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable individuals across the district of Breckland.  Referrals into the service will be made through the Council's rough sleeper team." 

Carolyn Howell MBE, Chief Executive of Solo Housing commented;

WIN 20200722 15 11 28 Pro Duane 28 “We were delighted to be approached by the Breckland District Council to help set up and staff this vital project. The project allows us to move people off the street, give them time to have their needs assessed, engage with services and take the next important steps to moving into more settled accommodation.”

For further information about the project please get in touch by emailing info@solohousing.org

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