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Councils receive funding to prevent homelessness for vulnerable renters

Posted on 9 November 2021

The Government recently announced that an additional £65 million will be made available to local authorities in 2021/22 through the Homelessness Prevention Grant to support local authorities to help vulnerable households with rent arrears to reduce the risk of them being evicted and becoming homeless.

The purpose of this one-off payment is to support low-income private renters with COVID-19 related rent arrears to avoid eviction or find a new home where necessary in order to prevent homelessness, with local authorities able to target funding to those who need it most and help them get back on their feet.

The partnerships share of this funding is detailed below:

·        Boston Borough Council - £27,577

·        East Lindsey District Council - £84,810

·        South Holland District Council - £34,936

In a joint statement, each Council Portfolio Holders - Cllr Martin Griggs from Boston Borough Council, Councillor William Gray from East Lindsey District Council and Cllr Christine Lawton from South Holland District Council, said: "It is great news that those households hit hard by Covid-related arrears may be able to access financial support.

"Throughout the pandemic our councils have been able to offer support to the most vulnerable families, and this new funding will help those that are still struggling to get back on their feet as we continue to recover from the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

"It is vital we continue to provide support as we enter the winter months and use this funding to help people most at risk of losing their home."

Under English guidelines, local authorities have to allocate the Tenant Hardship Grant Fund by the end of this financial year (March 2022). The Council is currently assessing eligibility criteria in order to support those most at risk.