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Homelessness Prevention Grants to Agencies 2023-24

To approve the award of homelessness prevention grants (HPGs) to agencies, and to approve the repurposing of an element of the budget so that a winter provision service for rough sleepers can be commissioned over three years.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £300,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 05/12/2022

Decision due: 24 Jan 2023 by Executive Councillor for Housing and Homelessness

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Housing and Homelessness

Department: Housing Services

Contact: James McWilliams, Housing Services Manager - Housing Advice Email: james.mcwilliams@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: This is a key item and will automatically appear on the agenda.

Background Information: Each year the Council invites agencies to submit bids for funding for homelessness-related services. Bids are considered by a panel of officers having regard to the degree to which the proposed service will prevent or relieve homelessness. More broadly the panel considers the strategic and operational value of the proposed service and the ability of the submitting agency to self-fund in whole or in part. Each year the Council receives and, as a matter of rote approves, an application to this budget for the provision of winter accommodation for rough sleepers. Officers believe that this is unnecessary and that it will aid planning and ensure better value if a multi-year service is commissioned. A decision is sought to remove an element of the grant budget from the bidding process and use this to commission a three-year service. The sum to be allotted has yet to be determined.


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