£760,000 to help prevent homelessness in Torbay

Torbay Weekly

Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster has welcomed news Torbay will be receiving £761,909 of Government funding to prevent homelessness and support those forced into homelessness by domestic abuse.

The news is part of a £316 million funding boost, announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The Government’s Homelessness Prevention Grant will support households in England who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Councils will use the funding to help them find a new home, access support for unexpected evictions and secure temporary accommodation where needed.

The funding package includes an additional £5.8 million to support people forced into homelessness by domestic abuse.

This follows the landmark Domestic Abuse Act, which ensures councils give people who find themselves in this situation a 'priority need' for assistance.

Funding is allocated to all councils responsible for housing in England based on local homelessness need in individual areas.

In 2022/23, Torbay Council will receive £745,580 and an additional £16,329 in relation to supporting those forced into homelessness by domestic abuse.

Kevin Foster said: “This latest funding is welcome news, especially for those who find themselves forced into homelessness as the result of domestic abuse.

"It is vital this funding is used to the best effect locally to ensure some of our most vulnerable residents get the support they need to prevent them ending up without a place to call home.”