Help us put a roof over the head of someone threatened with homelessness

We’re calling on landlords and accommodation providers to help us help residents who find themselves threatened with homelessness and in need of short term furnished accommodation.  We’re looking for suitable homes throughout Cornwall to be used as temporary accommodation for residents who find themselves in housing need, in areas close to their networks of support, employment and schools. 

We’re holding three events at locations across Cornwall so that landlords and other accommodation providers can come and talk to us to find out how we can work together and for them to feedback to us.

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  • St Johns Hall, Penzance on 22 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm;
  • New County Hall, Truro on 23 October at 9.30 am until 1.00 pm; and
  • Chy Trevail, Bodmin on 25 October at 1.30 pm until 5.00 pm.

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes Andrew Mitchell said: “There are many reasons why residents, be it a family, couple or single person, find themselves in need of temporary accommodation.  It can be as a result of things like a relationship breakdown or welfare reform. More and more often, we are being approached by residents who find themselves in this situation and we have a legal as well as a moral duty to help them.”

Since April 2018 Cornwall Council received 8,784 approaches for help from households threatened with homelessness, an increase from 8,659 the previous year. Over 78% of those were given advice and help so that they could avoid becoming homeless.

There are approximately 250 households in temporary accommodation in Cornwall at any one time, with around a third of those in bed and breakfast or hotels because the Council does not have enough temporary accommodation of its own to offer them.

Andrew continues:  “We have already said that we want to buy a stock of suitable homes to use as temporary emergency accommodation and we’ve set aside over £39 million for that purpose.   However, finding and buying suitable properties takes time so we’re being pro-active in reaching out to accommodation providers to fill the gap. We want to have access to good quality furnished homes so that those who find themselves in need of temporary accommodation can still be near work, school and family whilst we help them to find a more permanent option.”

Ideally, the accommodation will be close to local amenities and public transport.  We’re also looking for accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users and has good accessibility.

Providers of accommodation interested in attending any of the events should please contact housing.commissioning@cornwall.gov.uk

More information here

 

Story posted 18 October 2019