Grant for IBC to Help Tackle Rough Sleeping

An important pot of funding has been granted to Ipswich Borough Council to aid the fight against homelessness in the town. 

Over £250,000 has been promised: to be put towards extra beds; extending the opening dates of the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter; and allowing more staffing hours. A brand new post – Rough Sleeper Co-ordinator – will also see a dedicated person liaise with outreach workers (including a specialist drug and alcohol abuse team) to tackle the ever-present issue of rough sleeping in Ipswich. A further two roles will open up as support workers for those with ‘chaotic lifestyles’ in search of accommodation. 

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Housing portfolio-holder, said: “This new grant shows recognition of the positive work being done in Ipswich to work with rough sleepers. It also shows that more work is needed and this needs to be for the long term. I would like to thank our partner agencies, IHAG, Genesis, Anglia Care Trust and Selig, for their support in tackling the challenges of rough sleeping.”

With a number of rough sleepers regularly turning to the Waterfront for shelter, we hope that the grant is able to provide them with the comfort of a bed that they desperately need.