Published Monday, 06 April 2020
Today (Monday 6 April) sees Citizen open some new supported housing accommodation in Hillfields, Coventry.
The new accommodation owned and managed by Citizen, one of the UK’s most trusted social housing providers, was a former housing with care scheme.
Refurbishment work started on the accommodation in Hillfields on November 1 2019 and the new supported housing service opened its doors for the first time today.
Laker Building Management Solutions completed the work and Coventry City Council invested £280,000 to enable the building work to be completed.
Citizen, alongside Coventry City Council, will be providing 44 flats for individuals with support needs in the short term. The new accommodation will be used to accommodate people in Coventry who until recently were living in night shelters or on the streets with underlying health conditions.
Citizen will work closely with support providers to help prepare and equip these people to live independently within the City.
In the long term, the accommodation will be used to accommodate families with support needs in the City.
Citizen’s Chief Executive, Kevin Rodgers, says: “It’s fantastic that our new supporting housing facility is opening today.
“We are opening this service in the coronavirus pandemic because people in Coventry desperately need this accommodation.
“Temporary accommodation in Coventry is in short supply so I’m certain this new accommodation will be very well received.
“We have a clear social purpose here at Citizen, which is to provide homes that are a foundation for life.
“There are some fundamental challenges people in our communities are facing, and they continue to face during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are committed to working to solve some of the most pressing issues around housing in Coventry alongside the Council.”
Cllr Tariq Khan, Cabinet Member Housing and Communities, at Coventry City Council, adds: “Citizen’s new supporting housing facility will provide much needed self-contained accommodation and will help reduce overall costs for the Council.
“The money we save will be used to support residents of the City in other ways.
“It’s great to see the new accommodation open, supporting the City during this particularly challenging time.”