13th Dec, 2019

Stratford residents invited to consultation event for new homeless centre

Catherine Thompson 18th Nov, 2019 Updated: 19th Nov, 2019

RESIDENTS in Stratford are invited to view the plans for a new centre to help homeless people into accommodation.

Updated plans and designs for the Stratford Housing Plus Centre – which will be based at the former Fred Winter department store on Guild Street – will be on show with project staff on hand for questions.

Two events will be held at the venue on Wednesday November 20 from 12.30pm to 4.30pm and on Saturday November 23 from 10am to 12pm.

The new centre will include a handful of units offering ‘immediate’ accommodation and ‘move on’ apartments to help people transition into permanent housing while having access to a range of services.

The hub, which will be known as the the Fred Winter Centre will also help vulnerable people to manage their finances, provide health and social care, skills training and work experience.

It is a collaboration between Birmingham-based housing association Spring Housing, the district and county councils, and a charities and organisations which will provide support services at the centre.

Stratford Foodbank also plans to move to the building following increasing demand for the service which currently operates from a portacabin in Tesco car park.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Stratford District Council this month.

It is hoped the project will be launched in summer.

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