Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Funding for Sheffield homeless charity runs out

A homeless charity in Sheffield has told of its fears for vulnerable people in the city after it failed to secure funding for a scheme which helps people into private rented accommodation.

Nomad said the situation would have a huge impact on the problem of homelessness in the city.

It comes as council statistics suggest the number of homeless people in the city is set to rise.

Nomad received the lion's share of funding through the government.

Sam Mansell from the charity said the team had put "a lot of energy, time and effort" into the scheme.

Advice and support

"It's heartbreaking to think that everything you work for has to come to an end," she said.

The Smartmove Bond Guarantee Scheme helped provide homeless people with a bond to house them in private rented accommodation.

Nomad said the scheme helped 724 people last year.

Nomad Homeless Advice and Support Unit is an independent organisation which offers advice, support and practical help to homeless or inadequately housed people in Sheffield.

A grant from The Hardship Fund, managed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, funded Nomad's scheme but all money from the fund has now been allocated.

The fund said Nomad was awarded the full grant it had applied for in December 2009.

Mortgage arrears

It said the fund was a rolling programme in which the first award was made in September 2009, with the grant spend period running until 30 September 2010.

Councillor Penny Baker, from Sheffield City Council, said: "We are doing everything we can in a very difficult time to try and look after people who find themselves in difficult positions."

She said this could include families who found themselves behind with payments in their mortgage, to people they found on the streets.

Council figures showed in 2009/10 there were 3,056 people in Sheffield that were homeless. Projected figures estimate this will rise to 4,059 in 2010/11.

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