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Hull homeless charity Hullharp given £240,000 funding

A homeless charity in Hull has been given a £240,000 boost to improve services for people sleeping rough.

Money from the government's Homelessness Transition Fund will allow Hullharp to provide food and shelter to the homeless for the next three years.

It is one of 19 projects in the UK that have been funded by the government.

According to figures from Hull City and East Riding of Yorkshire councils, about 30 people are sleeping rough in the region.

The charity provides emergency and short-term accommodation to people sleeping rough in Hull and East Yorkshire.

It currently runs three hostels in the city, each providing up to 20 beds.

The funding will also pay for a support worker to help get people off the streets.

Gavin Baggs, the chief executive officer of Hullharp, said: "We've been doing this service for almost four years now and its been funded by the local authorities but only on a year-by-year basis.

"It's been difficult for us to keep the service going and it's becoming increasingly difficult for the local authorities in the current economic climate to fund it."

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