We are still waiting with bated breath as Devon County Council (DCC) deliberates over its proposal to cut homelessness preventative funding. The next important date is Wednesday 13th December.   

DCC has approached us over the last week to ask for detailed figures, stats and stories. We were particularly encouraged by the way in which the DCC team were taking a longer-term view of homelessness and a focus on prevention during our meeting. 

Please join us in praying for a positive outcome as this conversation continues.

We are thankful for the chance to share our transformative work with councillors and the stories of residents that have come out of homelessness and are now thriving.  

We will keep you up-to-date on the latest news. The outcome of the decision will have massive implications for YMCA Exeter and the work we do 

Please continue to pray for discernment for Devon County Council and that together we can work towards a longer-term strategy for funding vital homeless prevention services beyond March 2024. 

Thank you for being interested in the proposed Devon County Council funding cuts. Please find a selection of resources on this page to help be informed on the impact of these cuts, and how you can help. 

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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Listen to Marty's Story On The Radio

Thanks to BBC Radio Devon for hearing Marty's story

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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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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

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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News report on council plans being paused.

With thanks to ITV News for covering the news the Devon Council are pausing the plans to cut prevention funding.

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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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