The council aims to spend the Government funding on delivering 160 one-bedroom apartments for rough sleepers by the end of next March.
Liverpool City Council is eyeing the acquisition of up to 40 one-bedroom apartments from the private rented sector, scheduled to be available from February 2021.
The council also wants to buy a site in the city’s Central Ward with en-suite bedrooms and clustered kitchen and lounge facilities, which will provide accommodation for stays of up to six-months.
The funding was awarded from the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme, a £265m fund aimed at reducing homelessness across the country by increasing the amount of specialist accommodation.
The programme is split between short- and long-term objectives. A total of £105m is available for interim support for rough sleepers, including short-term accommodation, and a further £160m is available for longer-term housing solutions.
On top of the £6m from Whitehall, Liverpool City Council plans to contribute almost £8m of match funding towards the initiatives.
Additionally, the council also supported housing associations Onward Homes and Riverside Housing in their bid to the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, to help fund a project to convert 20 two-bedroom properties into one-bedroom units.
A decision on that bid has not yet been made but it is likely to be approved, Liverpool City Council said in a report.