New facilities for homeless

Funding boost: Improvement work will be completed at Cotswold Supported Housing

Funding boost: Improvement work will be completed at Cotswold Supported Housing

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Improved facilities for homeless people will be provided thanks to a cash injection of more than £850,000.

Chorley Council has been successful in a bid for more than £658,000 from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency to provide tailored accommodation and improve facilities for rough sleepers to help them get off the streets and transform their lives.

An additional £200,000 will be invested by the council so that refurbishment work can be completed at Cotswold Supported Housing in Chorley, which provides accommodation for single, non-priority homeless people and homeless families.

Coun Graham Dunn, who oversees housing issues for the council, said: “We are delighted to have won this funding to help homeless people in Chorley.

“It will enable us to finish off the work we’ve started. We’ve already completed the modernisation of 10 of the flats this last year, now we can turn our attention to the other 15 to bring them up to equally high standards, fit for purpose and secure.

“Not only that, we’ll also be able to provide a facility which will accommodate a wide range of activities and services for both residents and the wider community.”

Cotswold Supported Housing is a former sheltered housing block, which was built in the 1950s and converted into a supported housing scheme for homeless people in the 1990s.

It has 25 beds and is staffed 24 hours a day.

Over the last six years, the council has invested nearly £1m to modernise the building and the grant will mean the work can be finished.