20/03/18: Councillors agree £1m investment in preventing homelessness
At today's (20 March) Cabinet meeting, members agreed to invest over £1m in providing new temporary accommodation to help meet the needs of those who experience homelessness in the district and keep families together.
Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Growth said: "Perhaps due to long-term sickness or unemployment, families or individuals can find themselves in crisis and at risk of homelessness. We have a duty to support these vulnerable people and, by providing temporary accommodation and offering support and advice, we can help them get back on their feet and find a more permanent home."
The council currently has 14 units providing temporary housing and, when these are filled, families are placed in B&B accommodation. This type of accommodation is often not suitable for families, and is costly. The additional provision will reduce the council's reliance on B&Bs while providing better support for those in need.
A fund of developer payments will provide £477,672 of the capital needed; a further £525,276 will use up the remainder of a capital fund set up by the council in 2010 to support housing need.
Following today's decision, officers will now look into the best way to provide additional temporary accommodation within the district.
Last updated: 30/04/2018 10:59:19