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Government hands council £375,000 to help Maidstone's homeless

Tuesday 28th January 2020

A SCHEME to help the homeless has been awarded £375,000 from central Government to keep rough sleepers off the streets of Maidstone.

The funding is part of an extra £112m shared among local authorities to tackle homelessness.

After receiving initial funding as part of the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) in September 2018 the the council Outreach team has provided support including specialist health clinicians and places to stay.

Since then, the team has worked with 178 people.

MBC housing spokesman John Littlemore said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding through the Rough Sleeping Initiative..."

The most recent homeless street count in January 2020 showed that there were zero people rough sleeping in the town centre.