Funding boost for tackling homelessness welcomed in Exeter
Published: 12 February 2024
Tackling homelessness in Exeter and Devon has received a boost with the commitment of further funding to support those who don’t have a permanent roof over their head.
Devon County Council’s (DCC) decision to extend its homelessness prevention funding contribution has been welcomed by Exeter City Council.
The funding contributes to the running costs of six hostels for single homeless people across the county, three of which are in Exeter, plus the delivery of housing related support services across the County.
DCC had initially proposed to cease its contribution in full by September 2023. However, following public consultation and extensive appeals by district councils and local homelessness providers decided to extend its funding for another six months until the end of the financial year. Its latest decision is to extend its contribution for a further 12 months until the end of March 2025.
Cllr Martin Pearce, Lead Councillor for Communities and Homelessness Prevention, welcomed the news. He said: “This funding is vital to the provision of accommodation and support for those who are homeless. It is essential that we work together to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
“It is estimated that every pound spent through this funding saves the public purse at least £3.50 if services had to be replaced. I very much look forward to working with County and our district partners to maintain and improve crucial homelessness services.”