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Homelessness Prevention Fund

The purpose of this funding is to top up the discretionary homelessness prevention funds that the Local Authority currently utilises to prevent and alleviate homelessness.

This discretionary funding can be used in a flexible way in line with parameters set by the Local Authority, with the overall aim of preventing homelessness.

The funding can cover such prevention and relief measures included within the Authority’s existing rules and legal framework. Examples may include:

  • Paying rent in advance or offering a rent guarantee to secure a tenancy for an individual.
  • Paying off rent arrears as part of a package of action to sustain a tenancy (where not eligible for Discretionary Housing Payments).
  • Paying for fixtures or fittings where individuals are not in receipt of benefits or the items are not eligible via the Discretionary Assistance Fund.
  • Helping to fund repairs to a property from damage caused by a tenant as part of a package to avoid eviction.
  • Paying for diversionary activities or items to help engage a person in support provision to help them sustain their tenancy.
  • Paying for those who are leaving custody travelling to their home area to ensure that they access homelessness services on the day of release if they do not have the financial resources to do so.

Please note these are examples and are not intended to be an exhaustive list – it is for the local authority to determine what is an appropriate use of discretionary funding to prevent and relieve homelessness, working within their own rules and legal frameworks.

Applying for Funding:

Applications for funding must be submitted online

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All applications for funding must be fully completed.  Any incomplete applications received will not be processed. Applicants will be contacted should any additional evidence be required to support their application.

Applications may be submitted by anyone immediately at risk of homelessness or those who are experiencing financial difficulty, which may lead to an increased risk of being threatened with homelessness in the near future.

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