The provision of temporary housing for homeless people is one of the most important services provided by Epping Forest District Council.
Dedicated hostel accommodation
There are many reasons why someone may become homeless and the deficiencies of temporary Bed and Breakfast accommodation are well-known. We have a long and positive track record of helping people in need.
For many years Epping Forest District Council has therefore provided dedicated hostel accommodation with on-site support staff and communal facilities to help people back on to their feet and into permanent housing.
Currently we have no one in B&B.
Everyone is provided for within our dedicated schemes. Bed and Breakfast accommodation is expensive to the taxpayer whilst our dedicated schemes represent much better value and so these remain our preferred solution.
Helping people in need
Around 80% of our dedicated temporary accommodation is currently based on one site. While it provides a very good service, our locations are relatively remote. Access to good local services such as schools, healthcare, public transport and employment often play key roles in helping people back into permanent housing. Easy access to the support of close family and friends can also play a vital role.
Modular units for single homeless people
In recent years we have been innovative – delivering modular units for single homeless people in an environment where they can get the support they require. However, we cannot stand still and further innovations have the potential to make more improvements. We are therefore starting a new process of considering how to best meet the housing needs of residents who find themselves homeless in the future.
Those considerations are at a very early stage and we will share more information as soon as we are able.
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