Backed by £170million homelessness funding from central Government, councils in England are working in partnership with the voluntary sector and others to provide support for families and individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless.
This has included action such as providing rent deposits for households to find homes in the private rented sector, mediation to support those at risk of relationship or family breakdown and sanctuary schemes to support those at risk of domestic violence. These innovative schemes have proved to be the key in preventing homelessness, helping people stay in their homes or find new ones where that isn’t possible.
Homelessness Minister Ian Austin said: "These new statistics show preventative measures really work when tackling homelessness. Councils and their partners across England are putting Government funding to good use and nipping homelessness in the bud when problems first start to emerge.
"By taking early and innovative action people can be helped to stay in their homes and families can be given the stable environment they need to lead successful lives."
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