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Homelessness: Leeds

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated under the hostels improvement programme to (a) Leeds City Council and (b) voluntary sector organisations in Leeds in the last 12 months. (323827)

Leeds city council has received £100,000 funding for hostel capital improvement under what is now called the Places of Change Programme for The Crypt Project run by St. George’s Crypt. This is in addition to the £988,568 that was provided to the scheme in March 2008. In May 2009, £15,000 was allocated to the voluntary sector organisation Create CiC Ltd. in order to set up a social enterprise community interest company (called Found by Create) which works with homeless people in Leeds.

The Places of Change Programme will provide £80 million to 90 projects in 62 local authority areas in England to make hostels and other homelessness facilities for homeless people more dynamic places with an emphasis on helping move to independent living and paid employment.