Council gets cash to help homeless families in B&Bs
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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Croydon Council has secured £265,000 from the government to help homeless families living in bed and breakfast accommodation.
The fund will be used to launch a 12-month programme that supports households at an early stage, assisting them in finding suitable housing, work and childcare.
Government guidance states families must not be placed in shared B&B accommodation for longer than the six-week legal limit.
Croydon, which is one of seven local authorities to be awarded a slice of the £1.9 million funding, currently has no households in B&Bs beyond six weeks.
Councillor Dudley Mead, cabinet member for housing, said: “We welcome this funding, which will allow the council to help families facing homelessness at an early stage, and reduce the use of B&Bs.
“We don’t want any family to have to stay in B&B accommodation, and this is why we only use it as a last resort.
“We’ve been really pleased with the progress made in reducing to zero the numbers in shared B&B for more than six weeks.