Modernisation of homeless centres set to start

By on 09/02/2015 in Cabinet, Cllr Cotton, News
Cllr John Cotton

Cllr John Cotton

Birmingham’s three homeless centres are set for a £3 million refurbishment, modernisation and upgrade.

Birmingham City Council is set to approve the full business case for the £3.016 million programme at Cabinet on 16 February and work will start in April.

The centres in Bournville, Nechells and Acocks Green provide emergency accommodation for almost 150 households in crisis, many of whom are fleeing from domestic violence or fires.  The centres are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year ensuring families are supported before moving on to live independently.

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, said: “This programme of work is essential if we are to make sure that the most vulnerable in our city are looked after properly when they are faced with a crisis situation.  It also means that we can avoid the use of expensive and unsuitable bed and breakfasts.â€

The 12 month programme of work will include:

  • Replacement of all kitchens and bathrooms
  • Decoration throughout
  • Replacement of floor tiles and carpets
  • Replacement of boilers
  • Electrical re-wiring
  • Essential work to the external fabric of the centres
  • Asbestos removal/encapsulation

The full business case follows an earlier report outlining the work last year.

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