To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework.
To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Morgan.
The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval for the receipt and allocation of funding for Housing First, Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and Rough Sleeping Initiative 5.
Councillor Graham Morgan stated that the report set out how the Combined Authority would build on the excellent work to date on the existing Housing First Programme. He explained that over the last three years the local led approach had helped to provide affordable long-term accommodation to those who experienced rough sleeping, with over 200 individuals supported to date with accommodation but also with support to help them meet their wider ambitions in life.
Councillor Morgan explained how the next allocation of funding from the government would be used to extend this support over the next three years, which would help broaden the reach of the support and continue to make a real difference to lives across the City Region.
Dr Aileen Jones, Executive Director Investment and Delivery, stated that this report related to three different strands of homelessness funding. The first was seeking approval to accept, subject to confirmation from Government, £8.8m of funding to continue the delivery of the Housing First Programme until March 2025.
The report also sought approval to accept £627,000 for the continued delivery of the Assertive Outreach Service across the City Region which provided vital support to people who were rough sleeping and it also helped to improve their health and housing outcomes providing risk reduction, health and related services.
In December 2021, the Combined Authority had secured £1.5m capital funding alongside £1.1m revenue through the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme. The funding had helped to purchase 16 properties and much needed one bedroomed properties for rough sleepers and for those people at risk of rough sleeping across the City Region. The report was seeking to use the £1.1m revenue to fund intensive support to the tenants of those properties through a competitive tendering process.
RESOLVED - That:
(a) grants of up to £8,855,456 from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) including £5,933,511 to continue the Housing First Programme to March 2024, and a further £2,573,626 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) Fund to continue the programme to March 2025, subject to confirmation by Government that such funding be approved be accepted;
(b) the continuation of direct delivery of the Housing First programme through the Combined Authority and in partnership with Local Authorities be approved;
(c) the acceptance of up to £627,004 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative 5 programme and allocates £502,864 to commission the delivery of the service in Halton, Knowsley and St Helens be approved;
(d) the commissioning of complex support for individuals to be housed in properties purchased through the Resonance Homelessness Fund, to be funded from the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme revenue funding of £1.1m which was accepted by the Combined Authority in January 2022 be approved; and
(e) the delegated decision (DD) making system be utilised to award the Liverpool City Region Assertive Outreach contract following completion of the procurement process and DLUHC funding confirmation, noting that the DD system required the approval of the Monitoring Officer and the Combined Authority’s Treasurer, thereby ensuring service delivery was not disrupted.