We’ve submitted a planning application to convert the Longford Centre former care home to accommodation for homeless people. You can comment on the planning application now.
The new centre will provide much needed support for people who have only recently become homeless to help them get back on their feet.
We’ve looked at other places, but they need far more work and are only available for a short time. It’ll cost £70,000 to get the building ready to use, we will find this money from our current budget.
The new centre will save money too. Currently we would have to house people in B&Bs. This costs far more and we can’t give them the help they get by staying in a centre with staff working with them.
Helping people at this stage stops them becoming homeless for long periods of time. It’s better for them of course and it means we don’t have to do supply higher lever support later.
The demand for the type of residential care for older people that the centre used to provide has fallen. So reopening the Longford Centre for that purpose wouldn’t work.