Babergh District Council is throwing open the doors of a newly converted property in Sudbury this week – providing a safe place to stay for up to eight people in need of temporary accommodation.
The Firs, in Waldingfield Road, has been converted into a house of multiple occupation to add to the council’s temporary accommodation stock, providing more essential accommodation to help those at risk of homelessness.
By increasing temporary accommodation in the area, the council hopes to reduce the number of people having to be housed further afield – stopping them from being separated from friends, family and local support in the midst of a crisis.
Jan Osbourne, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for housing, joined members of the council’s homelessness team to carry out a final inspection of the former sheltered scheme managers home this week, with the first residents due to move in from tomorrow, Friday, July 17.
Councillor Osbourne said: “Our teams have done an incredible job over recent weeks, ensuring the most vulnerable people in our districts have been kept safely off the streets and helped into accommodation. We are committed to building on this work, with this newly converted asset for the district meaning more people can stay closer to the area that they know and where they have connections, particularly during a stressful time.
“By increasing our own temporary housing stock, we can reduce the amount of money spent on emergency bed and breakfast accommodation and ensure we have the right accommodation in the right place.”
Pictured above at The Firs is Jan Osborne (foreground) with (from left) Jaimee Brooks, Jon Elsey and Mikaila Hopley Poole, from Babergh District Council’s Housing Solutions and Building Services teams.