THOUSANDS are set to put into local housing support services to help tackle homelessness thanks to a government grant.

The news comes afterTest Valley Borough Council successfully bid for £48.5k from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Rapid Rehousing Pathway fund.

It was the only Hampshire district to bid successfully in this particular funding round, adding to £222,000 of new grant funding the council has already secured this year through bids to help homeless people.

The additional money will go towards enhancing the current network of services in the area. It will be used to support vulnerable, single people to secure somewhere to rent and will also be targeted at preventing individuals from rough sleeping in the first place by helping them to avoid losing their existing accommodation.

Councillor Phil Bundy,portfolio holder for housing and environmental health said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. We have worked really hard to participate in all of the government’s recent homelessness funding rounds and I’m very happy with the successes we’ve achieved.

“This additional grant will enable us to improve the local safety net for people affected by homelessness.

“Particularly, with the aim to prevent and tackle rough sleeping.

“We’re looking forward to working with Two Saints to build our capacity to respond to homelessness pressures locally. We will continue to work closely with them to ensure our services are aligned.