Focus: Fundraising - How we got the grant - Homeless Link

Jenny Edwards, chief executive, Homeless Link

Why did you apply to the fund? We had been in discussions with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about the setting up of hostels in England during the research for a report we published at the end of last year.

It revealed that 46 per cent of hostel spaces in London were blocked in the run-up to Christmas, with many unable to move from this temporary accommodation, largely because of a lack of permanent housing.

We wanted to resolve this problem by developing partnerships between hostel providers and local authorities to set targets and agree on action for the removal of blockages, as well as increasing the range of housing options available.

We applied to the Homelessness Innovation Fund to pilot and evaluate a prototype Move on Plan for local authorities and hostel providers over the next two years in ten areas across England.

What did the application process involve? We filled in an application form detailing the proposed partnerships for the pilot, including the outcomes to be achieved, and how it fitted with the Government's aims to reduce numbers in temporary accommodation and prevent homelessness.

We also outlined how the funding would be spent and how the partnerships would be managed.

Is part of the money for infrastructure or training? The funding will go towards staff time, core costs and a conference to share learning at the end of the project. To ensure that the partners have the opportunity to develop ideas that come out of the action plans, we have included some seedcorn funding within the bid, which they will be able to apply for.

Did you apply to other funders? No.

WHY WE GAVE THE GRANT

Spokesman for the ODPM

The Homeless Link bid was selected because it is a good example of partnership working between local authorities and the voluntary sector that can improve outcomes for homeless people.

The project aims to reduce the use of temporary accommodation by increasing the rate at which homeless people move successfully out of hostels. The scheme has the potential to be rolled out in other local authority areas.

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