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Underused building in Bethnal Green transformed into new temporary homes

Anthony Jones, Cllr Hassell and Paul Godsall social

• (L-R) Anthony Jones, Project Manager – Capital Delivery, Tower Hamlets Council; Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Housing; Paul Godsall, Project Manager, Standage

Families at risk of becoming homeless are set to move into an under-utilised building in Bethnal Green, which has been renovated into temporary homes.

The building in Turin Street has been completely refurbished by Tower Hamlets Council to provide safe accommodation for four homeless families.

It was the first building in the borough to be identified as part of a Council commitment to make the best use of underused community assets by converting them into homes.

Extensive internal buildings works have been completed and the newly converted flats are now ready for four families to move in.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“Since 2016, the Council has been committed to providing better and more cost-effective temporary housing for homeless households by converting under-utilised council and community buildings to temporary homes. I’m happy we are continuing to deliver on this commitment to help our most vulnerable families have a safe roof over their heads.”

The completion of this renovation brings the total of successful conversions carried out over the last four years to 25. This includes Oynx House in Mile End, which provides homes for 15 families and is in addition to 421 buy backs the Council has made to increase its social housing stock.

Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Housing, visited the completed development last week to inspect the building works ahead of the new occupants moving in.

 Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“The council is committed to improving the quality and location of temporary accommodation.

“These new homes in Turin Street are much needed and will ensure that people who become homeless can have access to good quality temporary accommodation and help keep them close to their family and friends here in the borough.

“It’s important we continue to make the best use of our community assets to ensure homeless families in Tower Hamlets still have access to the support networks they need.”

Posted on Tuesday 8th March 2022