WARRINGTON will receive almost £455,000 to provide new long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people.

In total, projects across England will receive more than £150 million to deliver over 3,300 such secure homes by the end of March 2021, providing long-term accommodation to vulnerable people to keep them safe from coronavirus and rebuild their lives.

Warrington will receive £454,516 for schemes that provide secure ‘move on’ style accommodation for people at risk of sleeping on the streets.

It has been labelled as an important step towards achieving the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by 2024, alongside investment in new homes for social rent.

It forms part of the Government’s investment of £433 million to deliver 6,000 new homes for rough sleepers by the end of this Parliament and builds on the ‘Everyone In’ campaign launched at the start of the pandemic which has helped support over 29,000 vulnerable people – enabling councils to keep rough sleepers safe this winter.

In total, 276 schemes have been approved across England, which will deliver 904 new homes for rough sleepers in London and 2,430 elsewhere across the country.

This sits alongside the £91.5 million in grant funding given to councils to support vulnerable people and provide short term accommodation over the coming months, and a £10 million Cold Weather Fund to support winter shelters and ensure they are Covid-secure.

Conservative MP for Warrington South Andy Carter has welcomed the news that the Government is providing funding for Warrington for new, long-term homes for rough sleepers and other vulnerable people.

He said: “This is very welcome news and will make a significant difference in Warrington South. I’m pleased the Government has taken swift action throughout this pandemic to keep some of the most vulnerable people in our community safe.

“I’d like to thank all those involved locally for everything they’ve done to get people off our streets and into secure, safe accommodation.

“The ‘Everyone In’ campaign has protected thousands of lives. If we are to deliver on the promise we made in our manifesto to end rough sleeping by the end of the Parliament, people who have been helped need to be able to access long-term housing that gives them the safety and security they need to rebuild their lives, which is exactly what the funding announced today will do.”