This important project, which forms a critical part of the council's homelessness strategy, will mean that a further 17 flats will be available to complement the council's existing short-stay accommodation from the end of March 2022.

Why is this project needed?

We are committed to reducing homelessness in the district, and this is one of a number of initiatives we have introduced to tackle the issue.

Any one of us can struggle and go through difficult times, and this new building will benefit families, couples and individuals who need a temporary home while they get back on their feet.

We know that this project will make a real long-term difference to people.

 

At what stage is the project and what are the next steps?

Earlier this year, we completed the first stage of the project, which was to refurbish three flats in our existing accommodation to provide more self-contained units — all of these are now in use and are already helping make a real difference to people's lives. Work is almost complete in the new building, which will offer 13 studio flats, three 2-bedroom flats and one 1-bedroom flat that is fully wheelchair accessible. Adding to our existing temporary accommodation is going to make a huge difference to those who find themselves at risk of homelessness for many years to come.

In keeping with the council's commitment to protecting and enhancing our local environment, we're very proud of the sustainability features that form an important part of this project. Solar panels have been installed on the roof of the new building to generate renewable electricity and two electric charging points are being provided to encourage more people to use electric vehicles and to support existing electric vehicle drivers. Bird and bat boxes have been installed to provide and support wildlife habitats, and we'll be installing environmentally friendly bathroom appliances to help reduce water wastage, for example through the use of aerated taps.

The new accommodation will be ready to support residents who are facing homelessness from the end of March 2022.

 

What should I do if am homeless or facing homelessness?

If you are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, please contact our housing advice team through our housing advice form  and a housing adviser will be in contact with you as soon as possible or within two working days.

You can find out more information about homelessness on our help with homelessness page.
 

In what ways is the council supporting rough sleepers?

Our Rough Sleeper Outreach Team work hard to help people turn their lives around and access specialist support and new opportunities. Working with local homeless charities - The Four Streets Project, HEART and Stonepillow - the team is working on a number of projects which are having a positive difference on both the individuals concerned and the wider community.
 

How can I keep up to date about this project?

We will be updating people on the progress of this project on this page, in our residents' magazine Initiatives, on our social media channels and in our email newsletter.   Sign up to our email newsletter