MK Council to purchase 30 homes for rough sleepers in Milton Keynes
Thursday 12 November 2020
MK Council is investing over £4.5m to buy homes for people sleeping rough in Milton Keynes.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, MK Council has supported over 150 vulnerable people into accommodation. The new homes would be allocated to people that have previously been rough sleeping and staying in temporary accommodation during the pandemic
New funding is now being provided as part of the ‘Next Steps Accommodation Programme’ which would see the council purchase 30 properties to ensure people are not faced with returning to the streets.
MKC will invest over £3.5m of the money, with the rest being funded by central government, following a successful council bid.
Cabinet member responsible for tackling homelessness, Cllr Hannah O’Neill said: “Buying these homes will provide a vital lifeline to people, so they’re never faced with another night on the street. The Government funding is a starting point, but we need further support urgently so we can continue to protect our most vulnerable people and end rough sleeping for good.”
MK Council has offered everyone sleeping rough in MK somewhere safe to stay during the pandemic. Working with partners, the Council is still actively encouraging people to take up offers of accommodation.
As part of the Housing First approach, the council is working with people to provide additional support to help them through the often very complicated reasons they became homeless in the first place.
Anyone wishing to give money towards getting rough sleepers off the streets for good should donate to the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership by tapping a donation point in CMK or visiting mkhp.co.uk. The Council urges local people to think twice before giving money directly to people begging, as though meant kindly it can entrench complex issues.