Major accommodation project planned for Scunthorpe
Framework and North Lincolnshire Council have announced plans to develop a new 20 bed accommodation complex for homeless people in Scunthorpe.
Government funding to the tune of £780,000 has been secured to develop the £2.3million project on the site of a former care home.
In the last year, the number of people sleeping rough has doubled from seven to 16. A recent comprehensive need analysis also revealed that a further 30 or 40 people at any one time in immediate or unmet housing need.
The project will provide 20 units of high quality supported temporary accommodation for homeless people with complex needs, with a focus on rough sleepers.
In a similar environment to the Pathways Centre in Lincoln it will provide a stable environment for support and education, preparing residents to move into independent accommodation.
Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “This scheme supplies a missing piece in the jigsaw of local provision; we are very pleased that the council has entrusted Framework with the responsibility to deliver this major project.
“Since last autumn, Framework has been delivering a variety of services for homeless and vulnerable people in Lincoln and Lincolnshire. It has also been awarded funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to develop a major new accommodation project in Lincoln.
“We now look forward to helping to address the needs of homeless people in North Lincolnshire for the first time.”
Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for adult and children’s services at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There’s a clear need for a service specifically designed to meet the housing and support requirements of hard to house homeless people and break the cycle of rough sleeping by providing high quality housing, 24 hour support, education, training and move-in services.”
“We accept that sometimes people fall into hard times and we have got to do our best to help them get back on the road to employment and secure their own future.”