No families in bed and breakfast longer than six weeks in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 26 February 2018

Ilford town centre. Picture: Paul Bennett

Ilford town centre. Picture: Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett

There are no families with children in Redbridge that have been in bed and breakfast longer than six weeks.

Redbridge Council promised to achieve this milestone by March 2018 and is delighted to have reached its goal a month early.

The number of families in bed and breakfast had been rising steadily since December 2016, so the local authority has been working hard to find better options for residents who come to the council for assistance when they are homeless.

In September, the Recorder reported that Redbridge Council bought Faces nightclub, St Georgio Hotel and other commercial properties in Gants Hill.

It also purchased and the former Ryedale care home in Ilford – which will provide 45 family sized units with en-suite bathrooms.

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing, said: “I’m so pleased to be able to say that we no longer have any families with children in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks.

“This shows that our new housing strategy is really working and that even in such a competitive market, we have been able to secure the lease on several multi-bedroom properties and self-contained apartments.

“We can now provide families with more suitable accommodation which gives them the privacy and security that they need at a difficult time in their lives.”

Since April 2017 the council has moved 290 families into self-contained properties.

It has also acquired 262 new self-contained units since September 2017, including 51 two and three bedroomed flats in a residential conversion in Basildon.

In addition, a long-term lease has been adopted on two major schemes including 40 two and three 3-bedroomed houses in Uxbridge as well as 147 two, three and four bedroomed properties in Canterbury.

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