Partnership to tackle homelessness
Published on Wednesday, 9th October 2019
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are delighted to be accepting the first set of keys for a property we are leasing from the Cornerstone Partnership.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are delighted to be accepting the first set of keys for a property we are leasing from the Cornerstone Partnership. This is more significant as it has coincided on World Homelessness Day (10th October 2019). It also marks the start of a 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.
The partnership will 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.
Cllr Chris Watkins, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said
“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”.
Cornerstone Partnership said
“We’re really excited to start this project with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. As a social enterprise, we specialise in providing housing for homeless families, and it’s refreshing to work with the fantastic housing team at the council, who have been so pragmatic and driven to improve the situation for families who unfortunately find themselves in a position of being homeless. Working to end homelessness is a collective responsibility for us as a society, but it's also something that’s often made more complex by involving a network of organisations to collaborate on solutions. At Cornerstone, we firmly believe that strong partnerships will deliver long term, sustainable change to improve the lives of families who need it most. We look forward to being part of this solution in Nuneaton and Bedworth, and supporting many residents for years to come”.
The Council hope to lease twenty more properties by the end of March 2020.
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