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£70 million expansion to help the homeless - Tuesday 13 November 2007

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced a new £70 million expansion of the Government's drive - in partnership with local authorities and the voluntary sector - to help rough sleepers make a permanent move away from the streets.

The investment will fund more than 100 new or upgraded hostels (in addition to the current 143) providing on-site training for residents to learn practical vocational skills, from catering to sound engineering, to assist the move on to independence.

The scheme, administered by Homeless Link, has seen a 30 per cent increase in residents moving on successfully into training, further education, employment, or independent living as a result of new services available - with one hostel in Leicester reporting 100 per cent improvement.

Bids for funding will be invited from local authorities and voluntary sector service providers.

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