Grimsby

Almost £230k to support Grimsby’s homeless

A Grimsby homelessness charity has been awarded almost £230,000 to provide a permanent night shelter in the town.

North East Lincolnshire was one of 83 areas across the county to win a share of a £30 million central government grant to support sough sleepers and help them into accommodation.

Some £228,270 will go to Grimsby-based charity, Harbour Place, to provide a permanent night shelter at new premises in Hope Street.

Money will also be dedicated to increase community outreach, resettlement support and mental health assistance for rough sleepers.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, Peter Wheatley, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Harbour Place to expand their services for rough sleepers, critically, providing emergency accommodation and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our area, many of whom have very complex needs.

“Increasing the amount of community outreach work will help rough sleepers access the services they need.”

Robin Barr, Chief Executive of Harbour Place said: “Harbour Place is delighted to be North East Lincolnshire Council’s partner in this successful bid, which reflects the close and effective working relationship we have with the authority’s Home Options team, and our shared ambition to address the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping.

“We are about to move into new, larger premises, and this will help us significantly expand our services, including delivering additional support to those living on the streets and providing night shelter services seven nights a week.”

The new services will be in place by late Autumn this year.

Some £376,000 was also awarded to the City of Lincoln Council to increase outreach, provide specialist support and create an additional 15 bed spaces.