Homeless people in North Devon who were housed during the COVID-19 pandemic will be helped to stay in accommodation this year, thanks to an allocation of government funding.

North Devon Council will receive a £59K share of £91.5 million that was allocated nationally to ensure interim accommodation and support for vulnerable homeless people. The funding will be used to help people into the private rented housing sector, to secure interim accommodation such as supported housing and to assess the wider support needed to help them rebuild their lives. 

Lead Member for Housing at North Devon Council, Councillor Nicola Topham says: “We welcome this funding, which will make a big difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents; it will enable work to address any complex needs to continue while they rebuild their lives, away from the streets in safer interim accommodation.”

The council has also bid for a share of a further £161 million national fund intended to provide additional supported homes this year for those sleeping rough or currently housed in emergency accommodation. This is part of broader support to provide 6,000 such homes nationally over four years.

North Devon residents who believe they are at risk of becoming homeless should get in touch with North Devon Council as soon possible on 01271 388870 or by emailing customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk