Supported housing for homeless people at risk due to budget cuts
Due to a council contract being terminated because of budget cuts a housing project for young people who are homeless is at risk of closure.
Streams Supported Housing in Walsall provides accommodation for 21 young adults for up to two years to provide care and support. It is run by First Base Walsall in partnership with YMCA Black Country Group and is facing closure at the end of the month after a contract has been ended, reports the Express and Star.
Walsall Council have said that after a review of supported housing provision across the borough the number of rooms in is prepared to fund across the borough will have to be cut.
The council has reduced its annual budget for accommodation for the young and homeless by £200,000 to £517,000. Under proposed arrangements the 60 rooms will get £251,000; supported lodgings will cost £50,000; while a further £216,000 will go towards initiatives for family mediation and work to protect vulnerable under 25s.
In a statement YMCA Black Country Group said: “Local charity First Base Walsall has been providing supported housing to vulnerable young people in Walsall for the past 17 years. It recently received confirmation from Walsall Council that its supported housing contract will not be extended further and will terminate on September 30, 2014. This is due to significant budget cuts. The charity will be working closely with the residents of its Streams project over the coming weeks, in order to address their support needs and find suitable alternative accommodation within Walsall Council’s new provision. The charity is being supported by YMCA Black Country Group which is in ongoing discussions with the council regarding the transition arrangements.”
Cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Diane Coughlan said: “We want to create more sustainable solutions than supported temporary housing and recognise that in some cases young people may be able to return to live with families or friends in communities they feel safe and happy in.”
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