Council project to deliver temporary housing for the homeless is taking shape

Posted on: 17 November 2017

The first phase in a project to provide temporary accommodation for those in housing crisis is now complete.

North Devon Council has converted a property at Castle Street in Barnstaple into two flats, which are now being used as temporary accommodation for people faced with homelessness. The flats provide a safe and comfortable home for people while the council helps to find a settled place for them to live.

The next phase of the project will see the property next door also converted into a three-bedroom house, which will be suitable for families in need of emergency housing. In addition to this, the council is also working with North Devon Homes to provide eight one-bedroom flats at another location in Barnstaple to provide further temporary housing for those who are in need.

The council’s Housing team supports people in housing need, helping people who have been given notice to quit, are having difficulties with landlords, problems with rent or mortgage payments, or those who are dealing with violence or aggression and need to find a new place to live. The council already has a small stock of properties which are used as temporary accommodation while permanent housing solutions are found, as well as using hotels and B&Bs where necessary to keep people off the streets. The council is currently supporting 38 people in temporary accommodation in North Devon.

Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “I’m very pleased we have been able to convert a property we already own to house those in most need, while we help find somewhere permanent for them to live. Our priority is to keep people in their current accommodation but in some circumstances, this just isn’t an option. In the past we have had to rely heavily on hotels and B&Bs as temporary accommodation, but these flats are a much more appropriate solution and will be put to good use.”

Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “Becoming homeless is something many of us don’t think will happen but unfortunately it can happen very easily through no fault of your own. It can be very frightening to find yourself in this situation and our team works hard to help get people back on their feet. Temporary accommodation is a stepping stone towards finding a permanent new home for those in housing crisis. ”

If you believe you are at risk of becoming homeless, get in touch as soon as you can on 01271 388870 or email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. More information about the council’s housing services are available online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/housing.

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