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Morgan Sindall Property Services and Basildon Borough Council Provide Fresh Start for Borough’s Rough Sleepers at Nevendon Place

Basildon’s rough sleepers will get a fresh new start at Nevendon Place after the scheme to provide 16 self-contained supported move-on flats is now complete.

The site is on the land of the former ITEC Centre and includes ten one-bedroom self-contained apartments managed by the council, with a further six one-bedroom pods known as ‘Solohaus’ units donated by the Hill Group, which are owned and managed by the Salvation Army’s Malachi Housing scheme.

Morgan Sindall Property Services were responsible for the conversion and the fitting of full kitchens, bathrooms and living accommodation. Residents also receive white goods, furniture, and other essential items for them to be able to live fully independently.

The development involves partnership working with Peabody and the Salvation Army providing the primary day to day support, local charity the Lighthouse Furniture Project providing all the essential items.

Regeneration Director at Morgan Sindall Property Services Mark Whittam said: “We are proud to be part of this development, which will provide those who are homeless with safe, comfortable accommodation, so they have the support needed. The regeneration of the old college into sustainable living is an important part of ensuring these individuals have the chance to get them back on their feet and into employment.”

Councillor Andrew Schrader, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal said: “This is such a fantastic scheme that will genuinely transform the lives of our residents in need. It’s an excellent example of what can be achieved with the help of brilliant partners in Morgan Sindall Property Services, Peabody, the Lighthouse Project, Hill, and the Salvation Army.

“Not only it will give our residents in need a place to stay, but it will also allow them to live independently, and the training and support provided will help them to gain the skills needed to integrate back into the community. I can’t wait to hear about the success stories that I know will come from this life changing facility.”

Phill Warren, Basildon Council’s Housing Solutions Manager, added: “At Basildon we’re committed to the idea that rough sleeping doesn’t need to exist. For our really vulnerable residents we’ve put this scheme together to make that a reality.

“The facility will provide the support and accommodation that people need to move into independent living, with a full range of support available to help residents deal with any mental, physical, and recovery issues they may be facing.”

Peabody, the Salvation Army, and Basildon Council have worked together to create a joint management plan and referral process. The scheme will only be available to Basildon citizens who were, or are at imminent risk of rough sleeping. The facility will have a maximum three year stay.

The facility also includes office space and training rooms onsite for support workers, council staff and supporting agencies.

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