New temporary accommodation, to help Horsham District residents facing homelessness, moved a step closer to completion last week (week commencing 11 February) with an official topping out ceremony on the site of the new homes.
Horsham District Council has developed new temporary accommodation houses and flats for Horsham District residents facing homelessness, helping to avoid the use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation wherever possible.
Recognising the potentially poor outcomes for local people facing homelessness and being placed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation, the council has taken the opportunity to develop eight units of accommodation in north Horsham in order to support those in greatest housing need. The self-contained flats will enable homeless households to remain in the District and continue invaluable support connections with social and family networks.
Commenting on the new temporary accommodation, Cabinet Member Community and Wellbeing, Cllr Tricia Youtan, said: “As a council, we will always seek wherever possible to prevent homelessness in the best way we can.
“I am delighted that the Council is developing these purpose built flats which provide a much more satisfactory temporary housing solution for local people in priority housing need.
“Provision of this type of housing is far better for families and is more cost effective than provision of Bed and Breakfast accommodation, which is the usual alternative in these circumstances.
“As always, prevention is better than cure. Anyone experiencing challenges with their housing circumstances is urged to contact the Council’s homelessness team as soon as possible”
Tim Guest, Senior Contacts Manager at PMC Construction, added: “PMC are proud to be working alongside Horsham District Council to provide low cost temporary accommodation for those who have fallen on hard times and find themselves in need of support.”