Temporary accommodation unit refurbished and ready for use

Date: 
Friday, 11 October, 2019
Number: 
19-77

Another council-owned property has recently been refurbished and is now ready to receive its first families who require temporary accommodation.

The unit in Collins Meadow, has been completely renovated inside and out.

The building has also been extended to include a self-contained, two-bedroom unit, again to be used for temporary accommodation. The refurbishment has been completed to a high standard and will provide high-quality temporary accommodation to those who need it. This refurbishment is part of the work taking place under the council’s housebuilding programme and to meet the need for temporary housing. Families are placed in temporary accommodation to prevent them from becoming homeless while the council assesses whether it has a legal duty to house them permanently.

The Leader of the Council, Mark Ingall,  and Little Parndon & Hare Street ward councillor Chris Vince, recently visited the refurbishment at Collins Meadow.

Councillor Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“I’m pleased to see this substantial temporary accommodation unit is now ready for use and having seen it myself the living space has been refurbished to such a high standard

“It’s great to see accommodation of this quality being offered to those in need of it, even if it is on a temporary basis. There are many reasons why someone might need temporary accommodation and it’s important that families are made to feel comfortable when they do."

Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“This is all part of achieving our priority of providing more and better housing for Harlow, whether that is on a temporary or permanent basis. It is important that we have a range of homes to meet the different pressures for housing that we face.”