Redbridge Council joins unique initiative to help house vulnerable families

Published: 7 January 2019

Redbridge Council has joined a unique project to provide extra homes in the borough for residents at risk of becoming homeless.

The council has signed up to ‘Capital Letters’, a new scheme that will enable them to strike better deals when finding temporary accommodation for vulnerable residents by ending the current competition between London boroughs. 

The initiative – the first of its kind – also provides an easy-to-access interface for developers, landlords and agents operating in London and will allow Redbridge to secure more leased properties reducing the need to use B&Bs, hostel accommodation and expensive nightly lets.

Backed by nearly £38 million of government funding, ‘Capital Letters’ will allow the council to lease more homes at a lower price and ensure vulnerable families have safe, long-term and stable housing options.

Set to begin in April 2019, the scheme is estimated to save the council £270,000 in the first year alone.

Cabinet agreed to join the initiative in December, which builds on the council’s priority to reduce homelessness and end rough sleeping in Redbridge for good.  

Cllr Farah Hussain, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness said: “We are absolutely committed to helping those vulnerable residents at the risk of becoming homeless.  Joining this innovative scheme shows we are being bold in our efforts to secure good quality, long-term accommodation for families in need.  Working closely with other London boroughs in this way also means we will be able to provide additional safe accommodation at reduced cost, so freeing up money to invest in other vital services for the homeless.”  

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