CITIZEN has secured a bid for £514,320 to build extra accommodation at the Gateway which will help rough sleepers and homeless people in Coventry.
The successful bid was submitted to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government and it will allow Citizen to build an extra 16 flats at the Gateway accommodation.
This means there will be 79 flats at the Gateway in total.
The grant has been secured following another bid which was announced earlier this year – £1,750,000 which will deliver 25 units across the West Midlands for homeless, single people.
Five of these will be available in Coventry.
This is more than £2.2million invested in accommodation to tackle homelessness in the West Midlands this year.
Director of care and support at Citizen Martyn Hale said: “It’s brilliant news that we are able to provide extra temporary accommodation at the Gateway.
“The Gateway is our primary homelessness residence in Coventry and these units will be a valuable addition to the scheme that supports those who have found themselves homeless or on the streets.
“In our business strategy one of our objectives is to improve our support services and tackle homelessness. By 2023 we hope to have an additional 76 new homes that will provide temporary accommodation and it’s brilliant that we are well on our way to this number already.
“Homelessness is a serious issue and we want to play our part in helping people who have found themselves without a home.”
Work on the new units at the Gateway has already started and is due to be completed by September 30, 2021.
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