Southampton City Council has secured £400,000 over two years to help rough sleepers.
The cash, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, will be used to offer “24-hour intensive support, accommodation and crisis intervention”.
The council says the application for the funds was developed by
working in partnership with local homelessness charity Two Saints.
City Council has also been urging residents to give to charities rather
than individuals through its “Begging you for lasting change” poster
campaign, in partnership with local homelessness charities Two
Saints and The Society of St James, in an effort to provide longer-term
Councillor Warwick Payne, cabinet member for Housing &
Adult Care, said: “We already offer a lot of help to Southampton’s
homeless community and thanks to this very welcome grant we’ll be able
to provide more assistance. We especially want to intervene when people
are at risk of becoming homeless or have just arrived on the street, as
this is perhaps the best chance we have of getting people to accept
said: “In response to feedback from the majority of residents we’re
taking action on antisocial begging through our PSPO [Public Space
Protection Orders], but also offering additional assistance to the
genuinely homeless. We will always help those who are willing to accept
• if you want to donate, you can do so as follows:
Society of St James: TEXT ‘SOST10’ then the amount, e.g. £3 to 70070
Two Saints: TEXT ‘TSDC30’ then the amount, e.g. £3 to 70070.
Previously: Public Space Protection Orders: 'need reviewing'