Council bosses in Lancashire have launched a new accommodation project which aims to prevent single people becoming homeless.
Housing experts claim that single homeless people are often more at risk of sleeping rough due to a lack of affordable accommodation. Pennine Lancashire councils are now hoping to help by offering services to help people find accommodation, house share and give tenancy training, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.
The project aims to help people aged eighteen and over, who are singled and who aren’t owed any statutory rehousing duties by the local authority. It also wishes to give homeless people an “intensive level of support” which includes training and tips for them to become “tenancy-ready” alongside DIY and financial workshops.
The project also hopes to link homeless people to help with employment including training, education or volunteering opportunities. Under the scheme, the successful operator would need to find housing for twenty people in each district per year, with the exception or the Ribble Valley, where there would be eight annually.
The scheme has currently been put out to tender with the successful candidate set to be announced by early July, and the contract beginning towards the end of the month.
Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones, who has worked closely with homeless charity Shelter, praised those councils taking part. He said: “It is long overdue and an example to other councils elsewhere.”
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