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Help for homeless

by Natalie Vincent Fri 9 March 2018, 2:19 pm

Waltham Forest Council is set to purchase 400 homes for people who are registered as homeless in the borough.

The long-term venture between the council and social care and housing provider Mears will secure the properties for 40 years to give people in need a sense of long-term safety and security.

The homes will be a mixture of one, two and three-bed properties.

Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for housing, said: "This is a hugely proactive step that shows how serious we are to take action and alleviate the housing crisis which is currently engulfing London. 

Getting people off the streets and giving them the support they need to succeed in life must be a priority for us all; it is fair and right that we do all we can to ensure everyone has a decent roof over their head.

"These 400 homes are a start. We know that there is more to do, and we cannot do it alone. We call on the government to take meaningful action to address the homelessness crisis that embarrasses the nation."

The project was agreed by cabinet on 21 February and work to identify suitable homes has already started.

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