To award a small grant of £5,000 to Open Door as part of Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Rough Sleeper Move-on & Prevention Grant Funding. This will cover the period to 31st March 2024.
Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Housing
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
To award a small grant of £5,000 to Open
Door as part of Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
(DLUHC) Rough Sleeper Move-on & Prevention Grant Funding. This
will cover the period to 31st March 2024.
Reasons for the decision:
DLUHC has offered Cheltenham Borough Council
(CBC) £40,059 of funding for 2023/24, in recognition of
ongoing pressures being experienced by CBC to end rough sleeping
within the Borough. The Officer Decision Notice to accept this
funding was agreed on 7th November 2023 which details how we intend
to allocate this funding (subject to the relevant approvals).
Please see link to the decision here:
The purpose of this grant to Open Door will be to support to smaller faith or community sector providers to provide alternative support and accommodation to rough sleepers with barriers to accessing services. This grant will seek to strengthen this service further by funding a specialist independent professional to visit and support the health and wellbeing of guests and staff/volunteers. This will include, for example, offering mindfulness somatic body-based psychological support to alleviate anxiety, stress and trauma. Our aim will be to enhance the provision of trauma informed support and promote a move towards a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE). The estimated spend for this project is £5,000. This funding must be spent by the end of March 2024. Any underspend will need to be returned in full to DLUHC.
Alternative options considered:
None considered. This is a unique opportunity
to accept a one-off grant funding award that will conclude at the
end of March 2024. The spending plan for additional funding has
been co-produced with DLUHC and local key stakeholders and meets
the Government’s key commitments to work creatively to end
rough sleeping within this Parliamentary term.
Contact: Martin Stacy, Housing Strategy and Partnerships Manager Email: [email protected].
Publication date: 10/11/2023
Date of decision: 07/11/2023