Birmingham leads the way on tackling homelessness

By on 10/06/2009 in News

Birmingham’s work to tackle the issue of rough sleeping has won national recognition.

One of only fifteen community based champions in the UK, Birmingham will be announced as an ‘Ending Rough Sleeping Champion’ in London tomorrow, Thursday 11th June.

Since 1998, Birmingham’s pioneering work to tackle rough sleeping has seen the number of rough sleepers in the city radically reduce from 56 to 4, as identified through official street counts.

The role will involve offering advice to other Local Authorities and agencies across the UK. Birmingham City Council provides a strategic platform for collaboration on the causes and solutions to rough sleeping in the city. Success has been the result of robust and groundbreaking partnerships with arrange of statutory and voluntary organisations.

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, comments:

“This is a well deserved recognition for the reduction in the number of rough sleepers that we have achieved, with our partners, throughout the city. I am proud of the fact that we have taken this issue seriously and that we have supported vulnerable people to move off our streets and into housing. It is also a credit to homeless people themselves, who have taken the road back into society.”

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