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Homeless centres to get £3m upgrades

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing

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Birmingham's three homeless centres are set for a £3 million refurbishment and upgrade.

The centres in Bournville, Nechells and Northfield cater for almost 100 households at any one time and help a wide range of people in crisis, including those fleeing domestic abuse.

The work will include the replacement of all kitchens and bathrooms, decoration throughout, replacement of floor tiles and carpets and new boilers.

It is hoped the upgrades will significantly extend the life of the centres, removing the risk of an increased use of bed and breakfast accommodation, saving the council additional costs of over £1.1m a year.

Birmingham city Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Steve Bedser, said: "These centres provide a vital safety net for some of the most vulnerable people in Birmingham at times of real crisis.

"They are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ensuring that we keep many people out of less suitable bed and breakfast accommodation and this work will make a huge difference.

"I visited the three centres before this report was compiled and believe the work is absolutely essential if we are to offer the best possible assistance to vulnerable people in desperate need."

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