Arc buys and renovates two Bridgwater properties to house the homeless
Written by Bridgwater Mercury on April 5, 2021
A CHARITY has bought and renovated two properties in Bridgwater to house people who are facing homelessness.
The properties, brought by Arc, will be able to house 15 people in the area who are homeless.
Arc currently has 14 accommodation units (16 with the new properties) to support homeless people in Taunton and Bridgwater.
These houses of multiple occupancy act as ‘satellite properties’, where Arc’s support workers provide guidance which includes regular one-to-one meetings.
They offer professional help with difficulties such as finances, mental health problems, or addictions.
The satellite properties also give clients the chance to become more independent and will enable them to eventually move into their own accommodation.
The project is part of Arc’s partnership with Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) and their rough sleeper initiative.
Sarah Stillwell, housing and homelessness service manager, said: “SDC is delighted to be working alongside Arc to help tackle homelessness in the Sedgemoor area by providing a safe and secure home and support services for those who need it.”
Arc was given £13,100 to carry out the renovations from the HPC Way Fund – a new initiative at Hinkley Point C.
Although the properties were already in a good condition, Arc’s team carried out renovations to make sure they were safe and suitable for clients.
“Due to the pandemic, we faced many challenges sourcing materials, but where there’s a will there’s a way,” said Arc’s property services manager, Martin Ball.
“Work carried out included upgrading all lighting to environmentally friendly LED, one new kitchen, new flooring throughout the two properties, CCTV installation, new fire alarm systems and complete redecoration.
“The team worked really hard, well done to them.
“These are great Victorian buildings, and we are proud to provide warm and spacious accommodation, most rooms having modern en-suite facilities.”
There is still work to be done on a separate two bedroom, self-contained flat at the rear of one of the properties, which Arc is making suitable for clients with disabilities.
So far, 13 clients have moved into the properties.
Charlotte, the support worker dedicated to the clients in these properties, has said that all they have settled in well and love the accommodation as it allows them to feel safe, secure, and more positive about their futures.
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