Homelessness Trailblazer

Homelessness Trailblazer Project, 2017 to 2020

In September 2016 partners from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough got together to prepare a bid or Trailblazer funding from the government.

Our vision was that “by empowering all public facing staff to identify the risk of homelessness and work together to prevent it, we make homelessness the ‘unacceptable outcome”.

You can read the whole bid here, and these slides summarise it visually.

In December 2016 we discovered our bid had been successful and we had secured an additional £736,400 funding. The government funding lasted into 2018, after which the project got approval to continue for a further twelve months beyond its original funding. At December 2020 the project came to an end.

What was acheived?

You can find briefing notes over the years the project ran…

What happens next?

in 2020 the county council and local housing teams worked with a firm of consultants, called Arc4, to review homelessness services and work out how best to transform them in a number of ways. You can find the full report here.

After the Trailblazer project came to an end, partners expressed an interest in a new fund called Changing Futures. You can read the Expression of Interest here.

The Changing Futures fund overlaps with a number of the recommendations made by Arc4 about transforming homelessness services locally. We await new on whether we have made it through to the second round, news is due out by end February 2021.