Fareham Borough Council is one of the first in Hampshire to offer a home to victims of domestic abuse as part of the Hampshire Making Safe Scheme.
The first two homes have been made available, one in Fareham and one in the New Forest, as part of a wider project to provide 47 homes across Hampshire to those who have suffered domestic abuse.
In 2015 central government invited councils to bid for funding to increase the amount of accommodation available to people suffering from domestic abuse. All district councils in Hampshire worked in partnership to bid for the funding, led by Hart District Council. The largest award of money given by central government through the funding programme came to Hampshire. The total funding from government was £905K, plus some match funding from the councils.
Executive Member for Health and Housing, Cllr Kay Mandry said: "This is a hugely important project which will help 47 adults and nearly 200 children to have a stable family home. I'm proud that Fareham is one of the first to offer a home to one family, helping them to move on with their lives and plan a positive future for themselves."
The rest of the homes will become available across Hampshire during the coming months. Most will be family sized properties, and will provide both temporary and longer term community accommodation for people who need to move away from abusive situations or are currently in refuge.
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