Thank you to South Cambridgeshire District Council which has just provided us with a one-off grant of £30,000! This grant will allow us to employ an additional support worker to continue supporting people who have experienced homelessness.

The funding comes from the Council’s Homeless Prevention Grant which district councils are allocated from the Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.  The purpose of the Homelessness Prevention Grant is to give local authorities more assistance in managing homelessness pressures and supporting those who are at risk of homelessness.

One of the priorities councils are asked to address with the grant is to aid the reduction of rough sleeping and support provision for single homeless people.

Cllr John Batchelor, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this additional support to Emmaus Cambridge which offers such crucial support to help homeless people in our district get back on their feet. 

“By ensuring they have a secure roof over their heads and are provided with an opportunity to be involved in meaningful work, the charity allows them the time to deal with the issues which may have contributed to them being homeless, rebuild relationships and potentially turn around their lives.”

Diane Docherty, CEO of Emmaus Cambridge, said: “We’ve been providing support to people who have experienced homeless for over 30 years. Our unique approach gives people a secure foundation from which they can rebuild their lives, providing opportunities for training, support and work.

“Our Support Team is an important part of this process, working closely with our companions to help them reach their full potential and achieve their goals. We’re very grateful to South Cambridgeshire District Council for providing funding so we can bolster our support team and help even more people move away from homelessness.”

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