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Homelessness help boosted with extra funding

Anyone homeless or at risk of homelessness in Swansea is being supported more than ever during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Swansea Council has pledged to do all it can to ensure those experiencing homelessness issues, including rough sleepers, will continue to be supported.

The pledge follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government that £10 million is being made available - and will help secure beds in hostels and B&Bs, giving those people the opportunity to self-isolate.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "We are using our share of the funding in a variety of ways to ensure that every person in the city is provided with accommodation and has the appropriate support available.

"The funding will be used to obtain additional bed space as well as providing additional support to housing projects that support the most vulnerable households in Swansea."

The Council's Housing Options service is continuing to provide a full service over the telephone and outreach teams are continuing to support the most vulnerable in the city on a daily basis.

Efforts are also being made with all housing partners to ensure that evictions from both social and private rented housing are prevented.

The Council has also helped set up food delivery services for homeless individuals that are in temporary accommodation.

Cllr Lewis added: "Each day is bringing some tough challenges but please be assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that every vulnerable person in our city is accommodated and supported in the safest way possible. A big thank you to all partners who are helping the team effort".


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