Homeless family accommodation being built in Braintree

Work begins on new homeless housing scheme for families in Rayne Road, Braintree.
Pictured L-R: Guy

Work begins on new homeless housing scheme for families in Rayne Road, Braintree. Pictured L-R: Guy Gentry, Potter Raper Partnership; Peter McKue, Family Mosaic; Glenn King, Seamans; David Steel, Braintree District Council; Cllr Lady Newton, Braintree District Council; Sharlmane Laurent, Family Mosaic; Sarah Thompson, Family Mosaic; Chandra Mohan, Family Mosaic; Duncan Haydon, Family Mosaic; Joanne Albini, Braintree District Council Mark Theobald Seamans - Credit: Archant

Work has begun on new short-term accommodation for homeless families in Braintree.

Digby’s Court, in Rayne Road, will provide 20 flats for people being supported by Braintree District Council.

Family Mosaic will own and manage the scheme once it is completed, with the homes set to open in September 2016.

Funding for the project has been provided by Family Mosaic, the Homes and Communities Agency, and the district council.

Lady Newton, district councillor for housing, said: “People may find themselves without a home for a wide variety of reasons, and the council’s Housing Options Service will offer advice to anyone in this situation.

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“In some circumstances the council has the responsibility, as part of its legal homelessness duties, to find temporary accommodation whilst it fully assesses an applicant’s housing situation.

“Digby’s Court will be a valuable addition to the range of housing that the council uses to offer help to people seeking accommodation.”

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Moira Griffiths, group care and support director at Family Mosaic, added: “Family Mosaic has been providing care and support services in the Braintree area for more than 15 years.

“We are delighted to work in partnership with Braintree District Council to build this scheme which will provide accommodation with support to people who need short-term assistance in finding permanent accommodation.

“We will have trained staff on site to provide ongoing support.”

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