Liverpool council gives houses to support homelessness charity
10 houses will be given to a homelessness charity after being refurbished by Liverpool council.
Social enterprises Progressive Lifestyle Solutions is working with Liverpool city council to provide properties to homeless people in the city, reports the Liverpool Echo.
PLS help people in need live independently and have the capacity to help 45 people at risk of homelessness through private rented accommodation.
Liverpool MayorJoe Andersonsaid: “Liverpool’s record of tackling homelessness is very strong, because we pride ourselves on being innovative with initiatives like ‘no second night out’ with the Whitechapel centre and working with local organisations like Progressive Lifestyle Solutions. PLS will refurbish these properties, involving their service users, and then work closely to help them grow and develop the skills necessary to live independently. We all know homelessness is a complex issue, and these figures show that no other city is better than Liverpool at helping this vulnerable group in our community.”
The houses are terraces in north and central Liverpool which are in the authority’s possession as a result of the failed Housing Market Renewal Programmes which the government cancelled in 2010.
According to the most recent Public Health England figures, Liverpool had around 150 “statutory homeless” in 2013-14 which makes the city one with the lowest number officially defined as homeless.
Paul Martin, chief executive of PLS said: “As an organisation that works to tackle poverty and homelessness in Liverpool, we have been delighted with the support we have received from Mayor Joe Anderson, Ann O’Byrne and the rest of the team at Liverpool city council. We believe that we are offering a service that will continue to ensure that even more vulnerable individuals across the city will have a realistic chance of rebuilding their lives whilst developing the skills, tools and knowledge to make this sustainable.”
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