Hart District Council in Hampshire has announced that the first two homes for victims of domestic abuse have been secured through a new countywide scheme.
The project known as the Hampshire Making Safe Scheme will provide an additional 47 homes for domestic violence victims.
The two homes in the New Forest and Fareham areas have received funding from central government, as well as funding and support from the two councils involved.
Other new homes for victims of domestic abuse will become available during the coming months, says the council. Most will be family-sized properties, to will provide both temporary and longer-term community accommodation for people who need to move away from abusive situations, or who are currently in a refuge.
The project will help up to 47 adults and nearly 200 children to move on and plan a positive future, says Hart District Council.
Government funds given to The Hampshire Making Safe Scheme will also be used to provide outreach support to victims, through working in partnership with You Trust and the Southern Domestic Abuse Service.
The work of the organisations focuses on increasing safety in the home, reducing risk of abuse and making sure the property is safe.
The scheme will also provide additional funding to the Blue Lamp Trust to expand their provision to increase security measures for people.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Stephen Gorys, said:
“It’s great that we have been able to work quickly with our partners to get the ball rolling on a complex project of this scale.
“We’re pleased to be able to target additional support to some of our most vulnerable residents in Hampshire.
“Hart is absolutely committed to working together with colleagues in other areas – and across statutory and voluntary sectors – to make best use of this resource, and progress the Hampshire Making Safe Scheme.
“I’d like to extend my congratulations to both New Forest and Fareham Councils, who have been able to deliver the first homes for victims of domestic abuse under the umbrella of this scheme.”
Earlier this year, the government invited councils to bid for funding to increase the amount of accommodation available to people escaping domestic abuse.
All district councils in Hampshire have worked in partnership to bid for the extra funding, led by Hart District Council.
The Hampshire bid was successful – and Hampshire received the largest award of money given by central government through the funding programme.
The total funding to Hampshire from the government is £905,000 – with some match funding from Hampshire’s councils.
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