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Council-led renovation in Viables delivers new homes for the vulnerable

News release 10356, published on 21 Mar 2023

More help to support people at risk of homelessness is now available thanks to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Two formerly disused properties in Viables have been brought back into use following extensive renovation work by the council.

The two-bedroom properties will be used to provide homes for local people. The council’s outreach partner Julian House will manage the properties and provide ongoing support to residents.

This initiative is the latest in a long list of innovative partnership work to tackle homelessness. This work has been led by the council, with the support of its Social Inclusion Partnership - a coalition of statutory services, commissioned housing providers, voluntary and faith-based groups in the borough.

The council’s Cabinet Member for Homes and Regeneration Cllr Samuel Carr said: “I am delighted that we have brought back into use two homes in Viables, providing accommodation to residents in need and enabling our partners to deliver targeted help and support.

“The council is committed to working with providers, charities, and homelessness volunteers to tackle homelessness and the causes of homelessness and end rough sleeping in our borough.”

Julian House will support residents to identify their employability experiences and skills, as well as areas for improvement and aspirations. Residents will also be encouraged to gain skills via training courses at the local college, plus volunteering and work experience opportunities.

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