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Grants given to rental scheme

June 04 2014
Programme is designed to match good landlords and homeless people

Ministers have awarded a £32 million grant to fund a major charity’s homelessness private rental programme.

The programme, run by homelessness charity Crisis, is designed to match good landlords with homeless people and help them with deposits and budgeting advice.

The additional £2 million from the Communities and Local Government department will support the scheme, which has funded 153 projects over the past three years, helping more than 8,000 homeless people find a stable home.

Crisis aims to help 2,250 homeless people find new homes over the next two years.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: "We know that private renting has the potential to provide decent and stable homes for homeless people. But many will struggle to do this on their own.

"The projects that Crisis supports are crucial. They help vulnerable people to find suitable, lasting tenancies while setting the standards for others to follow."

Kris Hopkins, housing minister, said the government was determined to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping, and to helping vulnerable people start to rebuild their lives.