I am proud to have been re-elected by Southport residents on a manifesto that pledged to end rough sleeping in this Parliament by expanding programmes such as the Rough Sleeping Initiative and Housing First.
This crisis has shown us what is possible, but at the same time presents new challenges as we work together to end rough sleeping both here in Southport and throughout the country.A taskforce, led by Dame Louise Casey, is working with councils to support rough sleepers into long-term accommodation once lockdown is lifted - ensuring as few people as possible return to the streets.
Since the start of the pandemic almost 15,000 rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming so have been provided emergency accommodation. A further £105 million was announced earlier in June to help rough sleepers into stable accommodation by paying deposits and securing alternative rooms that are readily available.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has also announced a £6 million emergency fund to provide relief for frontline homelessness charitable organisations and £23 million toward addressing substance misuse.
I am also proud of the steps taken prior to the pandemic to end rough sleeping. In January 2020, MHCLG announced allocations of a £112 million Rough Sleeping Initiative fund to provide support to those living on the streets.Support for rough sleepers will not end when lockdown is lifted.