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Redditch Borough Council, along with Worcestershire authorities have awarded a contract to support people at risk of homelessness to Caring for Communities and People (CCP - 

Funding for the county’s single person’s and childless couple’s homeless prevention service will rise to £301,500 per annum – an increase over the previous level of £240,000 per annum. 

The county-wide service has been commissioned by district councils across Worcestershire, and will be jointly funded and managed by them and Worcestershire County Council.

Redditch Borough Council Leader Matt Dormer said: “While we have low numbers of homelessness in the Borough, this service provides support to people to help prevent them becoming homeless in the first place.”

The Borough Council’s Portfolio-holder for Housing, Cllr Craig Warhurst, said: “Already, with CCP and other partners, we identify and offer support to rough sleepers in our community. This contract is another example of great joint working to help our most vulnerable residents.”

The new two-year contract with CCP will run from 1 October 2019 to the end of September 2021.  The contract will be governed and managed by a county-wide group of officers.

The new single person’s and childless couple’s homeless prevention service will see the number of Emergency Shelters for rough sleepers across Worcestershire rise from two to five. 

The Shelters will be based in Worcester, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern and Redditch, providing more localised assistance across the county. CCP will open the Shelters on any night when the temperature is predicted to fall to zero or below, in line with Worcestershire’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).