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Horton Housing Association gets £1m grant
6:05pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A housing association in Bradford has been awarded more than £1million government funding to ensure homeless people receive better help once they leave hospital.
Horton Housing Association, on Little Horton Lane, has received £1,000,626 to refurbish an existing building to support people upon discharge from hospital.
It is one of three Yorkshire organisations to receive cash from the £1.2 million allocation.
It is estimated that homeless people attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home - and that currently 70 per cent of homeless people are discharged back onto the street without their housing or on-going care needs after hospital being properly addressed.
The projects are run by voluntary sector organisations who will work with the NHS and local government to make sure homeless people in the North West get the best possible support and care after they leave hospital. This will help reduce the number of homeless people who are readmitted to hospital.
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said: “In today’s society, it is not acceptable that people are leaving hospital with no plans in place to address their on-going care needs.
“The money we have awarded to projects in Yorkshire will help stamp out the bad practice we know exists in some trusts when homeless people are discharged from hospital and ensure they have the support and care they need.”