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Brighton Journal | August 18, 2019

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Brighton library to become homes for the homeless?

Brighton library to become homes for the homeless?
Hannah Midgley

The council have proposed to turn what was once Hollingbury library into thirteen flats for people who have previously been homeless. The self-contained homes will offer people who are ready to move from high-support accommodation the chance to live independently, whilst still receiving some support.

If approved, the scheme will be developed through the New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme, which focuses on building council housing in Brighton. The project would also be partly funded through a £750,000 government grant through Homes England.

Councillor John Allcock, chair of the council’s Housing & New Homes Committee, has said:

“During the recent local elections, many residents told us that they were concerned about the levels of homelessness in the city and it is our priority to do all we can to support people back into secure housing.
“Self-contained housing for people moving on from higher need services is a vital part of our efforts to tackle homelessness in the city and frees up space elsewhere.
“This type of accommodation has proved a great success in helping people rebuild their lives elsewhere in the city and we hope residents will understand and support the proposals to provide this new purpose-built housing.”

Local residents have the chance to discuss these proposals at the drop in sessions at the Old Boat Corner Community Centre, between 3.30 pm and 6 pm on Monday 3 June and between 6 pm and 8.30pm on Thursday 6 June. 

Residents who can’t make the sessions can have their say through an online survey via the council’s consultation portal. The online survey will be open from this Friday (31 May).

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