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Council takes action to tackle shortage of emergency accommodation

Published on Monday, 19th November 2018

Following the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, the demand for temporary accommodation and associated cost continues to be significant.

The Council is keen to ensure that residents of the borough are located locally and that temporary accommodation is provided to a high standard.   

At the meeting on 28 November 2018, Cabinet will consider an opportunity to make extra town centre accommodation available in Nuneaton by converting the Council House into temporary residential units for those in need. The move follows attempts to sell the building for commercial use which have not resulted in a viable sale.

Cllr Barry Longden, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:

“We have many families who find themselves homeless through no fault of their own and we’re desperately short of good quality temporary accommodation for them within the Borough. The conversion of the Council House will provide much needed, centrally located, flexible accommodation which will allow us to accommodate families comfortably at what is always going to be an extremely stressful time for them. 

“The Council House has stood vacant for some time despite our very best attempts to sell it and it now makes total sense to put it to good use in another way. In addition to the residential accommodation, the building will also incorporate training facilities which will also be open to our third sector partners – this will provide essential support, advice and training for those who require it at a difficult time in their lives.”