I'm constantly talking to Ministerial colleagues about supporting homeless prevention, so I am pleased that the Government has provided £187,407 in support of Mansfield District Council's Homelessness Prevention Strategy. The Council has already benefited several rounds of Government funding to prevent rough sleeping and provide support for homeless residents.
This funding follows an announcement from Communities Secretary James Brokenshire in March that Nottinghamshire is being provided with £450,000 to help support rough sleepers into safe and stable accommodation where they can rebuild their lives. In December the Government awarded Nottinghamshire with £546,796 from the Rapid Rehousing Pathway which will help to secure additional supported housing for those with complex needs.
The Pathway includes Somewhere Safe to Stay Hubs, which are centres where people can seek shelter while their housing and support needs are assessed. Specialist Navigators will also be assigned to work with up to 1,600 rough sleepers to support them in getting settled accommodation, access local services and sustain a life away from the streets. The Pathway also provides support to local lettings agencies and support lettings to help rough sleepers into affordable, settled accommodation and help them sustain their tenancies.
I welcome the funding and support that the Government is providing to help tackle homelessness in Mansfield and Warsop. I am pleased that I was able to bring the minister responsible for tackling homelessness to Mansfield last month and that the Government continues to invest in prevention services in our area. As a Government, we are working hard to ensure no one has to spend a night on the streets.
I'm pleased that the District Council is investing Government funding into local services to support people into accommodation. Homelessness has been a key focus of my work since being elected and I will continue to ensure that we provide funding to support vulnerable people locally and that we work hard to meet our ambition to end rough sleeping for good.