Abandoned flats could become supported housing
- 18 Mar
A three-storey block of one-bedroom flats in Barrow could become supported accommodation for people with mental health problems.
Adelphi Court in Storey Square, Barrow, has suffered from anti-social behaviour and posed management problems for Barrow Borough Council. Due to this the council's housing committee suspended future letting in August 2013, and at the time over 12 flats were vacant. Since then more vacancies have occurred and there is currently only one occupied flat.
Housing manager Colin Garnett has written a report for the housing committee suggesting the flats be used for supported housing for residents suffering with their mental health, reports the North West Evening Mail.
In his report housing officer Mr Garnett said: "From an operational perspective, providing accommodation with support for applicants or residents with mental health considerations and increasing the number of such properties would be of benefit to the borough."
If this is agreed upon the council could potentially lease the properties at an agreed rent and the service provider would support the residents, funded by commissioners.
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