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Partnership to tackle homelessness

Published on Monday, 24th August 2020

Cornerstone partnership handshake

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are delighted to be accepting the 20th set of keys for a property we are leasing from the Cornerstone Partnership.

The collaboration between ourselves and Cornerstone to provide 20 self-contained dwellings for homeless households to occupy, while the Council works with households to resolve their homelessness situation, began in October 2019 when we accepted our first set of keys - 10 months on we now have 20 furnished properties in the Borough being used as temporary accommodation by homeless families.

Even during some of the most difficult times with the Global Pandemic, Cornerstone have carried on renovating properties to supply us with the 20 that they promised for the partnership.

The partnership will continue to support the delivery of much needed temporary accommodation, until the conversion of the Council House has been completed, and for as long as the need remains, in order to significantly reduce, or eradicate the necessity for households to be placed into Bed and Breakfast type accommodation, which we all agree is not appropriate.

“I am very pleased that we are working with Cornerstone who have an ethos that matches our own, in respect of a desire to provide decent homes for the most vulnerable people in our communities”.

Cllr Chris Watkins, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities

“The handover of this property to Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council is a real milestone for the team at Cornerstone Partnership for several reasons. 

“Most importantly it is another safe, secure home for a family in need, something which is even more important than ever at this time. The challenges of Covid 19 have certainly made our mission of providing homes to NBBC more difficult, however we have continued despite the challenges.

“One of Cornerstone's main values is Partnership, and the benefit that these properties bring to those in need in the borough represent the openness, commitment, and flexibility of the Council.

“Unfortunately, we are aware that the challenges are still very much present, however we continue to be committed to protect a share of the housing market to ensure that those who need it most have a place to call home.”

Gavin Mullaley, Director & Co-Founder