New fund set to improve temporary accommodation

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People hit by homelessness in Daventry District will benefit from an almost £4 million project to buy properties for use as emergency accommodation. 

Daventry District Council (DDC) has agreed a £3.888 million package to purchase up to 18 properties which will provide safe and suitable temporary housing for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

The move will help the Council meet increasing demands for temporary accommodation to help those escaping homelessness, following changes to national legislation in the last couple of years, and more recently the impact of Covid-19.

It will also reduce the need to use B&Bs, which are unsuitable for younger people and families and which also prove expensive, costing DDC £314,187 in the 2019/20 financial year.

The Council will look to buy a range of one and two bedroom properties in Daventry and the district’s larger villages, where demand for temporary accommodation is highest.

DDC typically has between 20 and 35 people housed in temporary accommodation at any one time, and purchasing these properties will save the Council at least £118,000 a year compared to putting people in B&Bs.

Councillor Daniel Cribbin, Environmental Health and Housing Portfolio Holder on Daventry District Council, said: “We have seen a significant increase in the need for temporary accommodation in recent years, to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. B&Bs are not suitable for everyone, particularly families, so this will help provide a more permanent and cost-effective solution. 

“Purchasing these properties will improve the offer and conditions of emergency accommodation available in our District as well as providing vital support to those in need, particularly during these tough times. This is money very well spent.”