The proposed changes, which could contribute £320,000 towards this target, would end:
- the Neighbourhood Care and Support grant scheme
- the Community Based Support grant scheme
- the Rural Connections grant scheme.
These grants are currently provided to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Hampshire to support adults to continue to live independently in their communities. They are currently offered on a one to two-year cycle. The approach taken to offering these grants has been to encourage applying organisations to set out how they would plan to sustain their operations independently in the longer term.
Additionally, a further £360,000 could be contributed by reducing funding for commissioned non-statutory services that support people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Homelessness support would continue to receive some £2 million of County Council discretionary funding, focused on prioritising help in accommodation-based settings, and those services that work with the most vulnerable - as well as delivering outreach and community-based support in those areas where accommodation is not available.
The consultation closes at 11:59pm on Monday 21 March 2022.