Friday, May 10, 2019

Helping rough sleepers living with mental health issues

The Health Secretary is announcing new funding to support rough sleepers living with mental illness or substance abuse, providing a crucial lifeline to those at risk of being left with nowhere to go.

Key facts
  • Vulnerable adults who are sleeping rough will benefit from £1.9 million funding designed to improve their access to vital healthcare. 
  • Many people who are sleeping rough experience mental and physical illness and substance misuse.
  • As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, we are committed to spend up to £30 million over five years on services for rough sleepers 
  • Local authorities can apply for a share of the £1.9 million funding, which is aimed to support projects that will help people to move off the streets and ensure their health is looked after through specialist NHS mental health support. 

Why this matters

This funding, along with our NHS Long Term Plan, will provide a crucial lifeline to those at risk of being left with nowhere to go and is an important step towards achieving our goal of ending rough sleeping for good.

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