Plans to upgrade homeless centres

By on 10/03/2014 in Cllr Bedser

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

A report to Cabinet on 17 March will seek approval for the £3.016 million project, with work scheduled to begin in late 2014

The centres in Bournville, Nechells and Northfield cater for almost 100 households at any one time and help a wide range of people in crisis, including those fleeing domestic abuse.

Work to be carried out includes:

  • Replacement of all kitchens and bathrooms
  • Decoration throughout
  • Replacement of floor tiles and carpets
  • Replacement of boilers
  • Re-wiring and essential structural works

The planned work will significantly extend the life of the centres, removing the risk of an increased use of bed and breakfast accommodation,  saving the council additional costs of over £1.1 million a year.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: “These centres provide a vital safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in Birmingham at times of real crisis.

“They are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring that we keep many people out of less suitable bed and breakfast accommodation and this work will make a huge difference.

“I visited the three centres before this report was compiled and believe the work is absolutely essential if we are to offer the best possible assistance to vulnerable people in desperate need.”

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