Funding Given To Help Outreach Projects For The Homeless In Dorset
5:27pm 8th July 2014
A £140,000 Homelessness and Prevention Grant has been awarded to Weymouth & Portland Borough Council for projects that help keep homeless people off the streets.
The funding was the second highest government grant allocated to a specific department as the council received more than £600,000 to deliver services to local communities and develop infrastructure.
Beth Davies, service manager at EDP has been working with homeless people for many years and has welcomed the grant at a time where West Dorset faces serious homelessness challenges.
Beth currently works alongside the Street Homelessness Assertive Outreach Project which is believed to be receiving a grant in the region of £80,000.
So where will the money go?
It's a very complex process, the main portion of the money will go mainly to improving services in reaching homeless people and ensuring they are safe as Beth explains:
"Primarily it goes to outreach staff, who go out early in the mornings to different locations from reports we receive to make sure the person is safe, the public is safe and to establish what the next step is to assist them in a holistic way."
"With the way the economy is people are losing their homes at a rapid rate."
She added: "Predominantly people that suffer from homelessness might have a history of long term unemployment, family bereavement, mental health issues which local services may find hard to engage with."
"I would say so far we have done a pretty good job of keeping numbers down, 4-5 years ago we had a quite an entrenched population of street drinking homeless individuals and we managed to re-house them, to get them the treatment they needed and reconnect them to the places they wanted to go."