Support for rough sleepers

Enfield Civic Centre

Report by Olivia Devereux-Evans

Enfield Council has been given £9.1million to help house and support rough sleepers across the borough.

The government funding, the highest amount allocated to a London local authority, will be used to create 73 homes across three housing projects. It was one of 38 homelessness schemes across the capital selected to receive funding by mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who was given £94.3million in total by the government to provide longer-term accommodation to people living in hotels, hostels or supported housing.

Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan said: “Enfield Council has worked tirelessly to support homeless people and secure suitable accommodation for them, particularly in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Despite significant pressure on our finances, we will continue our engagement, support and advice and work with our partners to reduce rough sleeping in Enfield.

“This will be through a combination of improvements to the private rental sector, the establishment of the council’s ethical lettings agency, known as Enfield Let, and the provision of high-quality, affordable and safe accommodation with welcomed financial assistance from the mayor of London.

“In addition, we will work to strengthen residents’ ability to remain housed through support and training.”

The overall goal is to help 900 people across London move into new homes by the end of March 2021. A large number of these rough sleepers were accommodated in hotels by City Hall and by borough councils at the start of the pandemic. The emergency programme helped 1,700 homeless people who would have been vulnerable to coronavirus infection in shelters or living on the streets.

Sadiq Khan said: “The projects I’m supporting will create the homes our fellow Londoners deserve and ensure they have access to the support they need to rebuild their lives.”