The homeless face harsh conditions as temperatures plummeted in January . (Credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

The £942,000 grant will help to buy a total of 15 one-bed flats for use by Nottingham’s homeless.

The grants were awarded to the Council by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Next Steps Accommodation Programme.

The Programme looks to make financial resources needed available to support local authorities and their partners in housing rough sleepers and people recently taken from the streets.

As well as housing, the scheme also looks to support the health, mental health and general well-being of the people involved.

Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “During the first lockdown in March, the City Council, its partners and volunteers worked really hard and successfully to respond to the Government’s directive to get homeless people off the streets and into suitable accommodation.

“However, providing temporary accommodation is not ideal in the longer term and is very expensive. Being able to move rough sleepers into long-term accommodation, where support is provided, will help them gain the skills and confidence they need to help prevent a return to living on the streets.”

The grants will hope to ease some of the pressure faced by local homeless and housing charities during a year which has left many facing the streets after job losses caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone who is at risk of homelessness is advised to contact Housing Aid using the online self-referral form.