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Khan to invest £11m in housing homeless families

Words: Laura Edgar
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An investment of £11 million will be made into building temporary modular homes to help homeless families in the capital, says Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

London boroughs and the mayor will work together to deliver modular homes for more than 54,000 homeless households living in temporary accommodation in the city, four-fifths of whom are families with children.

The units will be constructed off-site and then placed temporarily on land that is unused as it waits to be permanently developed. The funding is expected to deliver 200 affordable homes to rent, with the focus on two and three-bedroom homes.

The initiative is run by the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE), which is a not-for-profit company hosted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on behalf of those councils involved. PLACE is supported by the local government association body London Councils and has been developed by the London Housing Directors’ Group.

According to a statement from the mayor's office, the homes will have the quality of permanent housing, will meet the mayor’s draft London Plan space standards, and can be moved from one site to another as required.  

Khan said: “The rise in homelessness in recent years is a national disgrace. Government cuts mean that, too often, London councils are left with little choice other than to offer homeless families expensive housing a long way from their local area. I’m pleased to support this new initiative that makes use of modular construction and temporarily vacant sites to help ease some of that pressure and make a real difference to the families involved.”

Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for housing and planning, added: “PLACE will deliver new family-sized housing for homeless Londoners in their borough – close to their schools, jobs and support networks – and provide a high-quality alternative to other forms of temporary accommodation. It represents an innovative new approach and we’re pleased to have the mayor’s support for this crucial work.”

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