Residents of Trull, Staplehay & Blagdon Hill have expressed their concerns to Tone News over the latest decision over the homeless in Taunton.
SWT has been awarded Government funding to continue providing interim accommodation for rough sleepers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Council has secured £167,000 from the MHCLG ‘Next Steps Accommodation Programme’ to cover the costs of keeping the multi-agency initiative going in 2020/21.
SWT and its partners have been providing self-contained accommodation at the Canonsgrove halls of residence in Trull for rough sleepers and tenants of homeless hostels who find it difficult to self-isolate and practice social distancing.
The site owned by Bridgwater and Taunton College, is being managed by The YMCA Dulverton Group who have also made their own Beach Hotel in Minehead available for rough sleepers in West Somerset.
Leader of SWT, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, has told Tone News:
Canonsgrove has shown great multi-partnership working led by SWT with huge support from the YMCA Dulverton Group.
A whole range of organisations have been working with us giving their time and support to make this possible including Raft, the Salvation Army, Open Door, Turning Point, Arc and many statutory bodies.
This project is unique nationally and we have been encouraged by its success.
Not only have we been able to provide three meals a day and support services tailored to the needs of our vulnerable tenants but we have been able to help many gain new independence in their own accommodation.
We welcome this financial support from central Government to build on our work to date and the opportunity it gives to engage with the community of Trull as we move forward.
The funding includes £30k Transitional Support to fund officers who are able to provide support to tenants moving on from temporary accommodation; and £20k for SWT to provide financial assistance where required to enable private landlords to accommodate lower risk clients.
It will also allow time for SWT to undertake an options appraisal to identify a sustainable longer-term accommodation solution for rough sleepers in the area.
For more information please visit the Government website.
Do YOU or someone you know live in the area close to Canonsgrove? How do you feel about this move? Do you have concerns? Contact Tone News in confidence if you would like to share your thoughts