Grant acceptance and purchase of accommodation to address gaps in homelessness pathway provision
Decision Maker: Cabinet member adults, health and wellbeing
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To accept a grant from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) via the Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme (SHAP) and the associated grant terms and conditions.
To approve the acquisition of a minimum of ten properties from the open market within a defined budget and to allow officers, following appropriate consultation and due diligence, to proceed with the acquisitions.
a) The Cabinet Member accepts the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities capital grant of £910,000 for the purpose of purchasing a minimum of ten properties and a revenue grant of £478,615 for dedicated support workers and associated services;
b) Authority for acquisition of the properties and all associated operational decisions including authority to award contracts for improvement works and the negotiation of the lease to a housing provider be delegated to the Corporate Director Community Wellbeing.
Alternative options considered:
Not to proceed with the purchase. The option is not recommended as the council has a number of statutory duties to meet in relation to the accommodation of vulnerable groups such as homelessness and children that the council are responsible for as a Corporate Parent.
Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Contact: Tina Wood, Housing development officer Email: Tina.Wood@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 261975.
Publication date: 09/11/2023
Date of decision: 09/11/2023
Effective from: 16/11/2023