The Government announces new funding to end veteran homelessness

More than £8.5 million of funding has been announced, by the government, to ensure that no veteran sleeps rough this Christmas. And that veteran homelessness is ended in 2023.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Johnny Mercer, has been working with the veteran housing charity sector, ahead of the funding. And this has helped to establish a temporary referral scheme in England, Wales and Scotland for the Christmas period. If you live in Northern Ireland find information for the Housing Executive and for emergencies.

The recent funding has also enabled the launch of a new referral scheme: Op FORTITUDE. This will enable veterans at risk of homelessness to access supported housing and wrap-around specialist care in health, housing and education.

There will be a single central point for local authorities and charities. This will help to identify those in need and to refer them to a network of support.

Lee Buss-Blair, the Director of Operations for The Riverside Group, and Member of the Veterans Advisory Board said:

This funding will make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable veterans.

Not only will it support the Government’s commitment to end veteran rough sleeping, but it will also provide organisations the resources to support veterans into work.

Veterans have so much to offer employers and communities, and thanks to this funding, providers will be far better placed to support them to realise their potential.

Access the scheme

Veterans can access the support via this dedicated charity helpline number: 01748 833797

Read more detail about the scheme