Housing providers are to receive £50m in City Hall funding to support rough sleepers into a home of their own.
The money, which was announced by Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday, will enable the building of properties specifically earmarked for people needing to move on from hostels and refuges. It will sit alongside the Mayor’s £9m annual funding of services for rough sleepers and his recently launched ‘No Nights Sleeping Rough’ taskforce.
Announcing the funding, Mr Khan said: “Rising levels of homelessness and rough sleeping in London are beyond shameful in one of the richest cities in the world and it’s a sad fact that for years some of London’s most vulnerable people have been let down and ignored.
“Homelessness is a complicated problem and it will take time to turn things around, but I’m determined we do everything we can to support people from becoming homeless and help them if they do.”