Mr Prisk said that the latest allocations from the Homelessness Transition Fund are helping to expand the No Second Night Out principle - which aims to support rough sleepers to get off the streets and their lives back on track - right across the country.
Today, 23 charities will receive their share of £3.6 million - taking investment through the fund so far to almost £16 million with more to be allocated next year.
The minister said a total of 85 homelessness schemes are now working under No Second Night Out across 64 areas, preventing rough sleeping and ensuring that those who do find themselves on the streets are quickly found and offered help.
According to HomelessLink, more than 6,000 people have been helped off the streets or prevented from sleeping rough by the scheme so far.
Supported by Streetlink
The minister also pointed to StreetLink, the new national rough sleeping hotline and website, as a vital way to connect even more vulnerable people with the help they need.
StreetLink gives members of the public a chance to help rough sleepers in their area by putting them in touch with local services. With 4,000 contacts from the public since its launch in December, it is already making a difference to many lives.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said:
We have some of the strongest protections in the world against homelessness, and key to this is our £20 million investment to extend No Second Night Out across the country.
Nobody should have to face a second night on the streets, and today’s cash will mean that local services can ensure no-one has to. And with the addition of new rough sleeping hotline Streetlink, people who want to make a difference can now take a very simple step to connect rough sleepers quickly to the help they need.
Sharon Allen, Chair of HomelessLink’s Fund’s Grants Panel said:
Anyone can become homeless and life on the streets is damaging and dangerous. We know that some people sleeping rough may not be known to local services and not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and services are available.
We hope this funding will ensure more rough sleepers get the support they need. You can also help, save the StreetLink number - 0300 500 0914 - on your phone right now and next time your concerned about someone sleeping rough, make a call.