HILLINGDON is to receive up to £2.18 million from the Government's Rough Sleeping Initiative to help homeless people find somewhere to live.

The borough offers support to vulnerable rough sleepers by providing emergency beds, mental health support and access to affordable accommodation.

Hillingdon will now expand its work to prevent homelessness by offering more support to vulnerable individuals, families and landlords before the crisis point of eviction.

It will work closely with partner organisations to reduce the number of rough sleepers at Heathrow and trial new measures to identify people at risk of homelessness at an earlier stage.

Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We know that prevention is key and, by acting as early as possible, we can greatly improve the chances for people facing homelessness.”

Hillingdon is currently running its temporary winter night shelter.