On Friday 9th February, almost a year since our campaigning began, we heard the fantastic news that Devon County Council will continue to fund the 18+ Homeless Prevention Contribution until March 2025.   

In a Devon County Council Cabinet meeting, Councillor James McInnes confirmed that due to additional funding announced in the Secretary of State’s Written Statement on 24 January 2024, the Cabinet is now able to ‘retain the budget for the Authority’s contributions to homelessness services, providing further time for engagement with districts on the longer-term arrangements.’ 

“This news is a wonderful result for all those who seek to help the homeless all across Devon,” says YMCA Exeter Joint CEO, Si Johns. “For YMCA Exeter, the £157,000 a year we receive from DCC enables us to intercede at the crisis point of a young person’s life and give them the tailored, supported care they need to move forward.”

“We appreciate that councils across the country are under enormous financial pressures, but Devon County Council has made an excellent decision today. Funding Supported Housing for the homeless, saves lives and saves money. We hope that other Local Authorities across the country will see the wise decision of Devon and consider their own services.

“We’d like to say thank you to Devon County Council for listening to the voices of service users and the general public, calling for this essential funding to continue.”

And we’d like to say a big thank you, to you, our supporters and friends. Thank you for speaking up, responding to the public consultation and committing to pray with us.  

Moving forward, we are committed to working with DCC and the district councils to agree longer-term arrangements for homelessness services past March 2025.   

“This year regulations are being implemented to ensure supported housing is the best value for money,” explains Si Johns, “Now that the cuts are not going ahead we won’t risk losing excellent service providers before the assessments have been made.    

“Confirmation of funding, allows us time to work with the districts to find ways to continue to fund the essential services in other ways other than through Devon County Council’s homelessness preventative funding.”    

Thank you for supporting us on this journey!  

The story so far

A full explanation of the proposed funding cuts and their impact

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The alternative report

Bringing truth and clarity to DCC’s confusing report

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Can you contact the council for us?

Will the process is paused, there is still a risk that funding will be cut. Will you help us by contacting your MP or local councillors?

Help Us

Exeter and beyond

We welcome young people into our supported housing from across Devon and beyond

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Sidwell Studios Over a Year

Watch the build of Sidwell Studios, and the difference it has made.

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News report looking at the true cost of cuts

With thanks to ITV News for interviewing Dan, and powerfully discussing the true cost of cutting prevention funding.

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Paused Funding Cuts in Exmouth Journal

John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, has written in the Exmouth Journal, explaining why he has paused the funding cuts

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Listen to Marty's Story On The Radio

Thanks to BBC Radio Devon for hearing Marty's story

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Featured on BBC Spotlight

Thank you to BBC Spotlight for featuring the council meeting in July 2023, and focusing on the concerns of charities and service users involved.

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Featured on ITV

Thank you to ITV Westcountry for covering the meeting, and speaking at length with our JCEO and residents

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An Open Letter from EDDC

We thank Councillor Paul Arnott from East Devon District Council for speaking out on this issue.

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Featured on ITV Westcountry

With thanks to ITV Westcountry, for covering the council meeting, and speaking with our residents

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Featured on ITV

With thanks to ITV Westcountry for coming to speak to our residents at St Davids Hill.

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Featured in Ivybridge Gazette

Thanks to Ivybridge Gazette for covering the campaign .

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Lani's Story

31-year-old Lani moved to YMCA Exeter when she was just 16, escaping an abusive home and looking for safety.

Read her story, and see where she is at now.

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