A homeless person on the street

Five Nottinghamshire councils have been given £2.7 million to help the homeless off the streets and into housing.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has put out a press release which details the proposals set out for Nottinghamshire and its rough sleepers.

From refurbished flats and new builds to converted hotels and schools, the government is offering a range of different tenancies to accommodate the homeless.

Specially trained support workers will be offered to those who require treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse. This is to help them remain in their tenancies and into employment.

Homeless housing hub in Nottingham

Andrew Redfern, chief executive of Nottingham homeless charity Framework, said: “Some former rough sleepers have experienced severe health problems and personal trauma, and for many people the homes now being provided are the first opportunity of its kind.”

Framework Charity in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council received £1.8million in funding, the most out of the five councils supported in this move, followed by Gedling Borough Council with more than £270,000.

Tom Randall, Conservative MP for Gedling said: “I am committed to ending rough sleeping in Gedling and making sure that the most vulnerable can access the support they need.”

“One person sleeping rough on our streets is one too many”

The funding is part of a £174 million Government investment in the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme. The remainder of the money can be bid for by other councils, the government has said.

Eddie Hughes, the Minister for Housing and Rough Sleeping has emphasised “one person sleeping on the streets is one too many, and more is needed to help people.”

The government has already seen a decrease in homelessness with the annual figure reducing by 37% in 2020. This is hoped to decrease further with the investment from the government.

Video: Andrew Smith, a rough sleeper from Nottingham, details his experience of homelessness