Rough sleeping

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are you doing to ensure there are sufficient housing options, particularly in the private rented sector, available to people who are leaving hostel services in London?

Supplementary Questions: 


Answer for Rough sleeping

Answer for Rough sleeping

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you.  What we are doing, Tom, is we are continuing to work very hard to tackle rough sleeping in our city, which remains a priority.  We have the No Second Night Out programme, which means that three out of four rough sleepers spend only one night on the street.  The question is then how you get them into hostels.  We have invested £40 million in trying to help the boroughs with hostels. 


Your question is: what happens after they have been in the hostels?  Where is the long-term accommodation coming from?  Through Clearing House, which we fund, we continue to co‑ordinate the allocation of 1,400 housing association properties that are reserved for former rough sleepers.  That is the way we do it.  We approved a bid from YMCA London South West in Merton to provide 36 homes for people to move on from the hostels into long-term accommodation, as I say, just in the last month. 


We are also backing programmes to move people into the private rented sector as part of the No Second Night Out programme.