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Regions handed cash to pilot 'housing first' scheme

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The government has earmarked £28m to fund three regional pilots aimed at tackling homelessness.

The Housing First schemes, which provide accommodation and support for long-term rough sleepers, will be launched in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and the Liverpool City Region.

Announcing the funding in his Budget speech today, chancellor Philip Hammond also said the government would also establish a homelessness taskforce as part of the Conservative manifesto commitment to half rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027.

“It is unacceptable that in 21st century Britain there are people sleeping on the streets,” Mr Hammond said.

Greater Manchester combined authority announced its pilot yesterday, while Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram declared an intention to launch the scheme earlier this month.

The government has also earmarked £20m over two years from 2018-19 for schemes to support people at risk of homelessness to access and sustain tenancies in the private rented sector.

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