MONMOUTHSHIRE Council is calling on vulnerable residents who may be struggling financially or experiencing other difficulties to access a collection of services aimed at preventing homelessness. The call comes as the effects of the pandemic and the impact on the economy are felt across Monmouthshire and Wales.
The group of services, offering a wide range of specialised support, is funded by the Welsh Government’s Housing Support Grant. The core purpose is to prevent homelessness and enable people to have the capability, independence, skills and confidence to access and maintain a stable and suitable home. Individuals can access advice about budgeting/managing money, help with applying for benefits and grants, support with social inclusion and developing daily living skills, as well as support with housing problems. The Housing Support Grant was introduced in April 2019 and is an amalgamation of three existing grants; Supporting People Programme, Homelessness Prevention Grant and Rent Smart Wales Enforcement.
The Housing Support Grant funds over 30 different specialist service areas. The services are accessible to any person over the age of 16 who requires housing-related support to help them maintain/sustain their home and live independently within the community. The services also include support for people experiencing domestic abuse, people with physical or learning disabilities, mental health issues, substance misuse issues, a criminal offending history, refugees, people living with chronic illnesses and those with support needs. In light of the concern of a rise in domestic abuse cases during the lockdown, the team has placed a specific focus on supporting anyone who may be