£6m homelessness support centre gets green light
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Coventry homeless centre
Plans for a £6m residential and support centre for homeless people in Coventry have been given the green light.
Coventry City Council has given Whitefriars Housing approval to build Gateway, a 63-room centre on an industrial site on Adelaide Street in Hillfields.
In addition to accommodation, residents will be provided with enhanced support services from Whitefriars and other organisations to promote training, life and vocational skills to prepare them for employment and a swift move-on to permanent accommodation.
The project will be part-funded by a £2.1m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Work will begin this summer and is expected to take around a year to complete.
Pat Brandum, chief executive of WM Housing Group, which Whitefriars is part of, said: “When we consulted with residents we found that the vast majority believe that there is a need for a new homeless facility in Coventry. We recognise that some people are concerned about the location in Hillfields. We have listened and we will continue to listen to their worries and we will use people’s opinions to help us shape our plans.
“We are delighted that the Council has given us permission to develop a homeless centre of excellence. We are convinced that this is the right decision for the city as it will allow us to improve vulnerable people’s lives while serving the local community.”