Sefton Council has commissioned a range of partner agencies to help provide services to people who find themselves in the unfortunate position of being homeless.
In the last year Sefton Council’s Housing Options Service dealt with a 25 per cent increase in homelessness on the previous year.
From 1 July the Council will help fund a number of agencies to provide a wide range of services. This follows on from a review by the Council into how to best provide the necessary assistance and support to homeless people.
The Bosco Society, Venus, Excel, North West Property Custodians and Disc, will all provide a range of temporary accommodation and support services.
Light for Life will continue to provide housing advice services from their premises at Eastbank Street in Southport, as well as providing some new services to help rough sleepers.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This Council has a long standing commitment to helping people who are suffering from homelessness.
“We have both a legal and a moral duty to help those people who are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society. However, we cannot do this by ourselves, which is why we will now be co-operating with a range of partner agencies to provide support and assistance.
“For example, we have commissioned 70 temporary accommodation units for vulnerable single people, alongside a wide range of other services for vulnerable clients. By working in this way we can more effectively target our resources to where they are most needed.”
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