Private sector scheme to help homeless

By on 26/08/2010 in News

Birmingham City Council has set up a Private Sector Housing Scheme to meet its statutory duty to provide short term housing to homeless households.

The scheme gives value for money in the provision of temporary accommodation and helps the council reduce costs and ensure that it can continue to provide quality accommodation to meet the needs of homeless people.  

The scheme entails the council leasing properties from within the private sector, which are in turn rented under licence to homeless applicants, by the council.

The majority of these units are much cheaper than the current provision of similar properties and will avoid putting people who are homeless in Bed and Breakfast accommodation except in the most extreme overnight emergency cases.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that each procured property meets guaranteed standards, ensure that a wider range of properties are available to house the homeless and provide value for money to local tax prayers, whilst still discharging the council's legal duties.

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The council's job is to balance the need of homeless families with the many applications on the waiting list. The use of temporary accommodation has to be seen as a last resort and my offices are working hard to prevent homelessness.

“Eradications the use of bed and breakfast except for absolute emergencies is a priority. This new scheme will provide a cost effective alternative which has a guaranteed standard for the many families who lose their homes thought no fault of their own.”

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Notes to editors

Contracts in relation to the above will be for a duration of 3 years commencing on 1st October, 2010.

Terms have been built into the contract to reflect upcoming changes to Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowanced announced in the emergency budget.

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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