Entries with tag housing .

New homelessness centre set to open in Worcester

Celebrating the news of the Somewhere Safe to Stay funding are Councillor James Stanley, Chair of Worcester City Council’s Communities Committee; Debbie Hodson, Worcestershire Project Manager at CCP; and Major Diane Henderson, Church Leader at the Salvation Army’s Worcester Corps A new homelessness centre is set to open in Worcester’s city centre, following a successful bid for...
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Demolition of former swimming pool to be considered

Proposals for the demolition of the old swimming pool in Sansome Walk are set to be considered by Worcester city councillors. Work at the site was delayed after surveys showed a greater level of asbestos was present than had previously been revealed. Council officers have worked with specialists to reappraise the process for demolishing the building. Their proposals will be presented for...
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City Council considers acquiring flats and houses to help people at risk of homelessness

Worcester City Council is considering long term proposals to purchase or lease 62 flats and houses, in a bid to provide more temporary accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness. The City Council has seen a 40% increase in demand from people in need of housing assistance since the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came in to force last April.  This has increased the...
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Worcestershire’s Dementia Dwelling Grant wins National Innovation Award

Worcestershire’s partnership adaptations service has received an Innovation Award by the national body for home improvement and handyperson services, Foundations.  Representatives of the partnership organisations received the award at a ceremony, held in London on Wednesday 18th July at the House of Lords. Nina Warrington, Head of Strategic Housing at Worcester City Council,...
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Calling all Worcester tenants - know your rights

Worcester City Council is raising awareness of the rights which all residents who rent their home have, in a bid to curb the activities of rogue landlords. According to the Private Sector House Condition Survey carried out in 2015, 35% of all homes in Worcester are rented.  Over the last decade there have been increases in private rented accommodation across all areas of the city. ...
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Review into death of rough sleeper published

An independent review into the death of a rough sleeper whose body was found in a tent in Worcester on July 5 2016, has today been published by Worcester City Council.   The review was commissioned in line with new guidance from the national body Homeless Link and was conducted by independent consultant Neelam Sunder.   Ms Sunder investigated the interaction the rough...
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Old swimming pool site to be sold for new homes and a business hub

The site of the old Worcester swimming pool is to be sold to Sanctuary Housing and the YMCA. Worcester City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed to the sale at its meeting on 20 March, with legal and commercial details to be agreed by the Council’s Corporate Director of Finance and Resources in consultation with the Committee’s chair and vice chairs. Sanctuary and the YMCA...
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Council set to crack down on rogue landlords in Worcester

Worcester City Council is considering the level of penalty fines which could be applied to curb the activities of rogue landlords, following the introduction of new enforcement powers made available under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.  Councillors will vote on whether to introduce the suggested civil penalty charges when the new Communities Committee meets for the first...
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Bid to increase independence for people living with dementia is UK first

Worcestershire is the first county in the UK to trial a new grant scheme which will pay for adaptations to homes, making them safer and more convenient for local residents living with dementia. Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, and this is set to rise to over a million people by 2021. In Worcestershire, the number of people with dementia is proportionately higher than...
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Foundations laid on new affordable homes in Worcester

Building work has started at a site that Worcester City Council recently sold in order to provide more affordable housing in the city. Work is beginning on the building of 38 quality affordable homes in Ambrose Close.  The homes will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom flats and houses.  Twelve of the properties will be sold as shared ownership, to help local people gain...
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