City of Lincoln Council awarded over £970,000 to continue work in housing rough sleepers

The City of Lincoln Council has been awarded more than £970,000 to continue its work in housing those sleeping rough before and during the UK’s coronavirus pandemic.

£973,307 has been awarded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP).

This has been split between financial years, with some £824,000 awarded this year, and a further £150,000 awarded over three years from April 2021.

The NSAP makes available these financial resources needed to support local authorities and their partners to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets.

In addition, a further £50,000 is also set to be awarded to the city council to help shelter rough sleepers in bad weather during the winter months.

Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council said: “We are delighted that the MHCLG have advised us that the council has been successful in being awarded more than £800,000 from the Next Steps Accommodation Programme in order to continue its successful work in housing rough sleepers before and during the pandemic.

“The funding will allow us to provide much needed move on accommodation and support and alleviate the pressure on temporary accommodation and our existing housing stock.

“We are also pleased that the government has recognised the need to shelter people in the bad weather during the winter months and has again distributed Cold Weather funding to local authorities with Lincoln able to access up to £50,000 of funding.”