Council gets Government grant to help 'raise its game' on homeless families

Croydon Guardian: Gillett Road in Thornton Heath is to be used to house homeless families Gillett Road in Thornton Heath is to be used to house homeless families

Croydon is to share in a £1.9m Government cashpot to help it "raise its game" in dealing with homeless families. 

The council is to receive a £265,166 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to drive down the number of families unlawfully left in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation.

The department says Croydon is one of 15 local authorities which together account for 80 per cent of all families in the UK left in temporary housing B&B housing for more than the legal limit of six weeks.

Six more of the 15 councils - including Crawley, Barking and Dagenham, and Hounslow - will also receive a share of the £1.9m.

Croydon Council plans to spend the money on an "innovative programme" to provide earlier support for families.

The council will receive half the cash up front and the other half as reward for success, although it insisted it no longer had families in shared B&B accommodation longer than allowed.

A council spokesman said: "The council does not have any households in shared bed and breakfast accommodation longer than six weeks.

"We will use this funding to launch an innovative programme that will support families at an early stage, to help them find suitable housing, work, childcare and receive advice on managing debt and budgeting.

"The aim of this is to significantly reduce the number of people requiring bed and breakfast accommodation."

The DCLG said the grants were intended to encourage families to "raise their game and discover innovative new ways to help meet the housing needs of these most vulnerable of families".

Communities minister Don Foster said: "Today’s £1.9 million funding will help to get families across the country out of Bed and Breakfast accommodation and into stable homes.

"But this isn’t just a short term fix about cutting numbers - I want these councils to find long-term solutions to homelessness in their areas. 

"They have a legal duty to help these families, and with this funding I expect them to ensure that no family need ever be stuck in this unsuitable accommodation for weeks on end."

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6:48pm Mon 12 Aug 13

motomoto says...

I don't think that grant will stretch very far......but it's better than nothing......one way of saving cash I think would be to find out where all the current residents of all Croydon b and b's are from.......any residents that are from Lambeth can go back to Lambeth......one of the reasons that Croydon borough is so over crowded is because for far too many years Croydon has been used as an over spill for Lambeth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I don't think that grant will stretch very far......but it's better than nothing......one way of saving cash I think would be to find out where all the current residents of all Croydon b and b's are from.......any residents that are from Lambeth can go back to Lambeth......one of the reasons that Croydon borough is so over crowded is because for far too many years Croydon has been used as an over spill for Lambeth !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! motomoto
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3:22pm Tue 13 Aug 13

christhegoth says...

£250 grand is like 2 flats. That won't fix Croydon... We need a good 200 flats, if not more.

With those flats people will be able to down-size and free up family homes they no longer need. Without those flats nothing will change, and more and more people will sustain injury due to the evil Bedroom Tax.

Must. Try. Harder.
£250 grand is like 2 flats. That won't fix Croydon... We need a good 200 flats, if not more. With those flats people will be able to down-size and free up family homes they no longer need. Without those flats nothing will change, and more and more people will sustain injury due to the evil Bedroom Tax. Must. Try. Harder. christhegoth
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