Published: 31st Dec 2020

More than 300 people with a history of rough sleeping have been helped off the streets and into their own accommodation thanks to the West Midlands Housing First pilot.  The programme is overseen by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Homelessness Taskforce and headed up by Birmingham City Council alongside local authorities in Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton, in partnership with housing providers and homelessness charities across the region. Housing First is a government-funded initiative of £9.6m over three years which aims to help people with a long history of rough sleeping by providing a home and the wrap-around support individuals need to re-build their lives and stay in their accommodation. In the West Midlands individuals are also given a small budget to make their new homes their own thanks to pilot funding and money donated through the Change into Action scheme. Latest figures show that thanks to the scheme 326 individuals have been supported into … (To read the full article, subscribe below)