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New council-owned homes to help tackle homelessness in St Albans
Additional council-owned temporary houses for families are set to be provided in St Albans as part of a long term strategy to reduce homelessness across the district.
With the rates of homelessness across the district increasing the council plans to buy properties to provide additional accommodation.
A self-contained flat in St Albans, recently purchased by the council, is currently being refurbished to bring it up to a suitable standard for family accommodation.
This comes after the council has experienced an increase in the number of enquiries from individuals and families seeking housing.
There have also been increases in the number of people accepted as homeless and the number of families in temporary accommodation in the District.
Councillor Brian Ellis, portfolio holder for housing at the council, said: "The number of people becoming homeless in the district is rising and the council wishes to help them. "These property purchases will increase the amount of accommodation available and assist in meeting the demand from people applying for housing."
The council is also working to prevent homelessness by making available measures such as:
•St Albans Rent Secure Scheme (StARSS). This helps single young people and couples with no children to access housing in the private sector by matching them with landlords and providing a guaranteed deposit.
•Discretionary Housing Payments. These are paid by the council in a variety of situations to people who are in receipt of housing benefit. For example, this includes providing funds for a private tenancy deposit or to clear arrears to prevent eviction.
•St Albans District Credit Union. The council has provided £76, 000 in funding to the credit union to make low interest loans to people for housing deposits. So far the scheme helped house 54 households in this financial year.
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