Government Grant Enables Launch of 13 New Temporary Homes for Homeless

Government Grant Enables Launch of 13 New Temporary Homes for Homeless

Government Grant Enables Launch of 13 New Temporary Homes for Homeless

We are pleased to have launched 13 new units offering temporary accommodation, for those who find themselves homeless, located across two schemes in the centre of Gloucester.

Bedroom at Burleigh House

The new 1 and 2-bed flats, have transformed two former empty buildings and have been funded by a £1.7million government grant as part of the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, to prevent rough sleepers from returning to the streets. These are the first of 3 new GCH schemes which will provide an additional 37 new units of safe homeless accommodation.

Anita Pope, Director of Housing & Communities at GCH says “GCH has made a commitment to provide high quality temporary housing for those who find themselves without a permanent home. Working with the City Council and with funding from the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Program (NSAP) we have been able to provide this much needed accommodation which together with specialist support from P3 will provide a route into permanent housing.”

Wooden kitchen units
Kitchen area in a flat at Burleigh House

Natalie Thelwell, Head of Housing at GCH adds “GCH now manages 89 units of temporary accommodation and this new housing offers a safe, warm and modern space to meet the needs of homeless residents. The new developments enable more Gloucester residents to stay local whilst they seek permanent housing. Residents have already moved in and we have received positive feedback so far.”

GCH is committed to improving access to temporary homeless accommodation and providing a strong Housing Pathway into permanent housing for those who find themselves homeless.  As well as the two new developments, GCH also launched 9 units of interchangeable temporary family accommodation at the end of 2020 and continues to work on a further 24 flats in Quedgeley.