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Change4Lincs is helping rough sleepers and people at risk of being made homeless in Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Grantham

A project set up to help rough sleepers has already changed several people’s lives for the better.

Change4Lincs, led by South Kesteven District Council, is using a £600,000 Government grant to support people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

In South Kesteven the project has worked with 19 rough sleepers and supported 35 more people to keep a roof over their heads.

Change4Lincs is helping people in South Kesteven
Change4Lincs is helping people in South Kesteven

Coun Robert Reid (Con - Bourne), responsible for housing at the district council, said Change4Lincs had helped mitigate against winter weather and coronavirus.

He added: “We have also been impressed with how the private sector has played its part. Demand outstrips supply locally and so are working with landlords to secure accommodation.

“One of the ways we have done so is by arranging virtual viewings of accommodation, which also complies with coronavirus restrictions.”

Change4Lincs works with the charity We Are With You (formerly Addaction), to give free, confidential support to people who with drugs, alcohol or mental health issues.

Rutland County Council has a team to offer anyone who is homeless safe and secure accommodation.

The offer of housing support is not always taken up by people who sleep rough and councils cannot force them into accommodation. The choice remains with the individual.

Any harassment or intimidation directed towards people who are homeless should be reported to police on 101 or on 999 if someone is in immediate danger.

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