New project helps homeless families

4 September 2015

Transform Housing & Support is making good progress with a new temporary accommodation project in Epsom, run on behalf of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

The project provides temporary accommodation in eight flats for local families who find themselves homeless. People have to be nominated by the Council and must have a connection to the local area to be eligible for housing.

Clients began moving into the flats at the end of July. Everyone who is being helped by the project would otherwise be homeless and would potentially be living in emergency accommodation, often out of the Epsom area.

Andrea Cannon, Director of Client Strategy & Delivery at Transform, explained more about the project:

“This project means local families who find themselves homeless are able to be housed a lot closer to home, instead of having to move to accommodation out of the borough. When people have to move out of their local area it has a huge impact. There are practical issues around travelling to work and getting children to school – but there is also an emotional impact in terms of losing links with family and friends. This project gives people a temporary home so they can maintain stability for their family and have time to find more permanent local housing.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell, Cllr Chris Frost and Cllr Liz Frost, recently visited the new flats. They toured the building and met Transform staff to find out more about the project.

Cllr Chris Frost said:

“Demand for accommodation in the Epsom area means accommodation costs are high. There are a lot of local families who are struggling to make ends meet, even if they are in employment. In this situation it only takes a small rent increase or a crisis such as relationship break-up or ill health for people to end up in financial difficulty and even become homeless. This facility will give these families a breathing space. I’ve been really impressed with this new initiative.”

In Epsom and Ewell Transform Housing & Support provides housing and support for more than 45 local people, including homeless families, people in recovery from drug or alcohol dependency, and people with mental health issues or learning disabilities.

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