Former Council cottages provide shelter and support for rough sleepers

Date: 
Friday, 10 May, 2019
Number: 
19-35

Two former empty Harlow Council homes are now being used by local charity Streets2Homes to support rough sleepers in Harlow. 

Streets2Homes have taken over Bromley Cottages in Netteswell Road to use as specialist supported accommodation for up to nine rough sleepers with the first residents moving in this week. 

The cottages have undergone extensive internal and external refurbishment following Harlow Council successfully obtaining funding from the Government’s rough sleeping initiative fund.

The cottages are owned by the council and were refurbished by its local authority trading company HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd. 

The historic cottages, which had stood empty and derelict for many years due to the refurbishment cost, are being leased to Streets2Homes. 

Since March the charity has been working to get the accommodation furnished and ready with help and donations from individuals and local businesses.

The accommodation provides more than just a warm bed for someone it also provides specialist ongoing support to help get people’s lives back on track. 

It has long been the dream of Streets2Homes to provide accommodation like this and that dream is now a reality.