Work starts on £6m homelessness support centre
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Work has begun on a £6 million residential and support centre of excellence for homeless people.
Social landlord Whitefriars Housing is developing Gateway, a state-of-the-art centre in Hillfields, Coventry, a 63-room facility that will provide accommodation, training and support to homeless people.
The new facility is being developed by Wates Living Space on a former industrial site and will see wider regeneration of the area.
As the construction starts on the steel frame this week, the building, which is due for completion in spring 2015, will be a significant step forward in the provision of accommodation and support for the city’s homeless.
Residents will have to sign up to an intensive support programme in order to access the accommodation and facilities provided on site, which will help them achieve future independent living and employment opportunities.
Catherine Collis, assistant director for specialist housing services at Whitefriars, said: “We are delighted to see the project coming to life on site. We have worked alongside our partners to invest significantly, both financially and in terms of time and energy, to bring this development to fruition.
“Gateway will be an invaluable service to the city as it will allow us to improve vulnerable people’s lives while serving the community. Whitefriars’ investment into the facility goes beyond the development, having already invested around £12m in Hillfields since 2001, and we will continue to regenerate the local community and environment.”