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MK Council buys 30 homes for rough sleepers

MK Council has bought 30 new homes for people previously sleeping rough in Milton Keynes, after a successful bid for national funding for this project.

The homes have been allocated to people who were previously rough sleeping who the council had arranged temporary accommodation for during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MK Council invested over £3.5m into the scheme, with the rest being funded by central government, following a council bid earlier this year.

Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington said: “These homes are about much more than just providing a roof over someone’s head. It will give people a chance to restart their lives in the security of their own homes. We’ll continue working with them so they don’t face with another night on the streets and help deal with the underlying issues that led to being on the streets in the first place.

“My thanks go out to the council team and our partners that moved quickly to secure these homes and support for those that desperately needed them.”

Follow the link to watch a short video where Cllr Darlington visited someone in their new home.

''MK Council has offered everyone sleeping rough in MK somewhere safe to stay during the pandemic. Working with partners, the Council is still actively encouraging people to take up offers of accommodation.

We will never give up on a vulnerable rough sleeper, even if they do not accept support at first.''