A restored facility at The Foyer, in Stowmarket, is set to more than double the council’s provision of accommodation for families and vulnerable people in the Mid Suffolk District that find themselves without a home when it opens later this month.
The Foyer, previously owned by Flagship Housing, has been unused for over a year.
Mid Suffolk District Council has now purchased the building and carried out repairs to bring the building back into use.
The new scheme will provide housing for 17 vulnerable families and individuals while the council investigates their housing needs and requirements. The Foyer will provide a mix of single, double and twin rooms and enables the council to place larger families in more than one room.
The scheme will be able to provide accommodation for local people in need who meet certain criteria from September. The location and capacity of the Foyer will allow more families to remain in the area and gives children the option to be in close proximity to their school and help to reduce the effect of what is a difficult time for families.
Jill Wilshaw, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The restored Foyer building will be a great asset to the local community and will increase our ability to provide accommodation to vulnerable families and individuals. Being homeless or under the threat of homelessness is distressing for any family and to remain in the area you know helps. Our focus remains on preventing homelessness in Mid Suffolk over the provision of temporary accommodation.”
Councillor Wilshaw along with ward councillors and members of Mid Suffolk’s Homelessness Team will be opening The Foyer on Monday, September 10, at 10am.