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Veterans offered help

 
April 5th 2014
 
Long-standing charity Veterans Aid is set to receive £56,000 to provide emergency accommodation, treat alcohol dependency and provide education and training to homeless veterans.

This is in addition to £300,000 that London mayor Boris Johnson has set aside for homeless veterans who have served in the UK’s Armed Forces. He said: “I’m determined to ensure that the small numbers of veterans who do end up sleeping rough have access to the right kind of services as fast as possible. Working with a specialist charity like Veterans Aid, we can make sure this happens.”

The number of veterans on the streets may be relatively low, but historically they have been among the capital’s most entrenched rough sleepers. CEO of Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy said: “For the few that do slip through the net, this money will help us with our policy of swift intervention to break any cycle of dependency.”

Over 200 veterans have been helped off the streets and into housing and employment in the last year. It’s estimated that 50 veterans have used the No Second Night Out campaign, 25 are being helped by the Mayor’s social impact bond for rough sleepers, 72 have been supported by a grant to Veterans Aid.

 
 
 

April 2014

 

Contents

Rough sleeping numbers rise

The Pavement needs you!

Upfront: Decent state?

A long way from home

Boris lets charities back in

Government stats

Spread the word

Skills need support

Veterans offered help

End 'revolving door' say celebs

Homeless services disappear

Street danger highlighted

New York sees homeless record

 

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