New support services for homeless adults, and those at risk of homelessness in Lincolnshire, are being put in place following re-tendering for new contracts, including short-term crisis housing, a homeless outreach service, longer-term accommodation, domestic abuse accommodation and preventative services.
People may be in need of housing-related support because of a range of issues including physical and mental ill health, financial problems, addiction and abuse.
Previously, accommodation support wasn’t offered in all districts in Lincolnshire and different services were offered in different locations. This meant people often had to travel across the county to access short-term or longer-term housing.
From July 1, for emergency (short-term) and non-emergency (longer-term) accommodation, there will be provision in every district of the county from various different providers.
There will also be a county-wide ‘floating’ support service to prevent people becoming homeless, and a rough sleeper outreach service. Domestic Abuse Refuge Accommodation contracts and the Mental Health Crisis Housing contract have also been re-tendered.
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for adult care and health at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We have re-procured and combined a whole host of contracts for services which support people’s housing needs, whether these are for ongoing issues, or when they’re going through times of difficulty.
“There will now be support available right across the county in every district, and it will be much easier to access.”