National Lottery Funding for Gwent Homeless Project
A PARTNERSHIP of 22 organizations in Gwent has secured nearly £ 50,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund for a new social enterprise to prevent homelessness.
They received £ 49,976 to support an integrated network of support services including housing, health, training and employment initiatives.
The National Lottery has a £ 10million fund specifically for strategic projects that seek to rethink services to make roaming rare, brief and non-recurring.
The grant for Gwent will support the development of a full five to seven year project proposal for a share of the £ 10million. Projects should be people-centered and executed through multi-agency partnerships, where third sector and public sector organizations work closely together.
The project will have four key themes: training and employment opportunities, a peer counselor program, specialist trauma-informed services and housing. Those involved include The Wallich, Cyfannol Women’s Aid, St. Giles Trust, Tai Pawb, Kaleidoscope, Newport City Homes, Melin Homes, Bron Afon Community Housing, Tai Calon Community Housing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the five Gwent councils.
Simon Rose, cluster manager for housing and commissioning at Torfaen County Borough Council, said: “The challenges for all agencies in tackling and reducing homelessness and the issues associated with homelessness. homelessness has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic – but opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships lie at the heart of response and recovery.
“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to transform services and lives. ”
Angela Lee, Regional Development Coordinator for Gwent, said: “Building on the strong partnerships between Gwent agencies, this project offers us a fantastic opportunity and the possibility of developing new models and methods of collaboration.
Homeless services across Gwent have faced many challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. Demand for accommodation services remains high and additional pressures on temporary and permanent accommodation are expected to increase due to the number of people experiencing financial hardship.
Welsh government figures for 2019-2020 show that 1,938 households were at risk of homelessness across Gwent during this period.
In addition, intervention and support services remain oversubscribed with an increase in the number of complex cases.
Gareth Jones, Area Manager for South East Wales at The Wallich, said: “The pandemic has been a huge challenge for people who are homeless, but we have risen to the challenge of keeping people safe.
“However, with the end of the leave scheme, the economic consequences yet to be assessed and a likely increase in evictions due to rent arrears, many more people are at risk of becoming homeless.
“The Wallichs are delighted to be working in partnership with like-minded agencies and local authorities to meet the new post-pandemic challenges to come. This project aims to prevent homelessness by helping people find jobs and improving access to counseling and support. By preventing homelessness and creating resilient communities, there is hope for a better future.
Across Gwent, the partnership will develop training and employment opportunities through a social enterprise model and several initiatives to boost employment and reinvest in the local community.