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£3M BOOST TO KEEP HOMELESS HOSTELS IN LONDON OPEN

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Housing Minister Sir George Young today offered voluntary organisations in London an extra£3 million to keep open ...
Housing Minister Sir George Young today offered voluntary organisations in London an extra £3 million to keep open hostels and homes for rough sleepers.

The cash is part of the extended £86 million Rough Sleepers Initiative. It is being offered to five organisations who manage hostels and night shelters providing more than 130 bedspaces for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough on the streets of central London. They are Centrepoint Soho, the Depaul Trust, the New to London Project, the St Mungo Association and The Passage.

These organisations are being offered additional funding to keep projects open beyond the expiry date of present funding arrangements. In addition, eight housing associations are being offered further funding to extend the life of some 270 leases on properties being rented from private sector landlords.

Sir George Young said: 'By providing this additional funding we are ensuring that temporary accommodation remains available until people can be offered a range of alternative options. For some former rough sleepers, this will mean re-housing in properties being developed by housing associations as part of the Rough Sleepers Initiative (RSI) allocation of £67 million announced by the Housing Corporation on 3 September 1993.'
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