Rugby Borough Council’s work to reduce homelessness praised by local MP and Government

Rugby Housing Pathway, a project designed to help local people who find themselves homeless, has been recognised by Government as a leading example of supporting rough sleepers.

The scheme was supported by the Government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative funding and thanks to its success, Rugby Borough Council is receiving an additional £120,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure that this work can continue.

Since being set up in April 2019, the Rugby Housing Pathway has helped eighteen rough sleepers into accommodation, two of whom are now in employment. This means that over the past year, rough sleeping in Rugby has fallen by over 60% which is great success story for Rugby Housing Pathway.

Welcoming the funding, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey commented:

“I appreciate how important it is to help those local residents at risk of homelessness or who are sleeping rough. That is why I am delighted that the Government has recognised the work of Rugby Borough Council through the Rugby Housing Pathway. This scheme has made a real difference to some of the most vulnerable in our community.”

Mark continued:

“The Borough Council has also recently committed to helping improve its social housing both by upgrading the existing stock and purchasing a number of new properties to help meet local demand. This represents a significant investment but will ensure that local residents in social housing will have high quality homes that are fit for the future.”

Mark concluded:

“We also have the exciting redevelopment taking place at Biart Place and Rounds Gardens. I’ve been working closely with Rugby Borough Councillors and officers to support this project however I can. I am very pleased that the Council has also been shortlisted for ‘Council of the Year’ in the annual Inside Housing awards in recognition of the work which is taking place on these projects.”