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Matthew Neville

Byker Bridge Hub receives £1.3m backing to support Newcastle’s most vulnerable

A £1.3m boost has been given to a housing organisation that is supporting people at risk of homelessness in Newcastle.

Tyne Housing, in partnership with Newcastle City Council, The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and Homes England are investing over £1.3m in developing accessible accommodation and support services for those at risk of homelessness across Newcastle.

Part of the government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy, the £1.3m will support the development of Byker Bridge House, creating a central hub providing crisis accommodation along with specialised support, advice and access to health services, with the aim of breaking the cycle of homelessness and support people to live independently.

Almost 4,000 households in the North East were made homeless or threatened with homelessness between July and September 2021, according to new statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Steve McKinlay, CEO at Tyne Housing, commented: “Tyne exists to provide housing, support, healthcare and more to people of the North East. Since 1973, we’ve helped thousands of local people access safe, secure housing and support during what is often a crisis point in their lives.

“The most recent figures released by MHCLG show we still have an ongoing challenge in the North East, and as the cost of living continues to rise, there is a real danger that more people could be faced with homelessness.

“Our work to develop Byker Bridge House into a hub for those at risk of homelessness, or who have found themselves without a roof over their head, will focus on providing rapid rehousing pathways that connect people to the agencies and expertise that they need to move forward positively and with the right help in place to ensure they achieve long-term stability too.”

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