You might have heard about our plans regarding new modular homes which will provide temporary accommodation for rough sleepers.
As of today, the new units – made using former shipping containers – are in place and will be used by our Housing Options service to help people who might be homeless or need supporting into recovery.
The units are situated on Holt Road, near the Tŷ Nos night shelter (though we should note the containers aren’t run by Pennaf, who operate Tŷ Nos – this is just a Wrexham Council project).
They won’t be there to just offer up surplus spaces.
Instead, we’ll use them to help people who are involved in some sort of long-term recovery – either on their way back to getting a long-term tenancy, or as they receive support for addiction or health.
It’ll be some stable, private accommodation while they look to get in to further, longer-term support.
Of the four new homes, three will be used as accommodation under a licence agreement with the service users living at them, while the fourth will only be used when our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol – or SWEP – is activated.
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Leader of the Council, said: “This project is the first of its kind in North Wales, and we know how much public interest has centered around this work since discussions began.
“As a form of temporary accommodation, these new units will help us and our partner agencies to give support to those who need it most.
“They will be an excellent stepping stone to those who are suffering from addiction, or are living on the streets, and are on their way to long term recovery.
“I’d like to thank all those officers who have worked incredibly hard to get this project up and running, as well as those partner agencies who have worked alongside us to ensure we could get things in place.”
Cllr Paul D Jones, local member for Maesydre, said: “As the councillor for Maesydre I am pleased to see the pods have arrived at Tŷ Nos.
“Once the site has been established, the availability of four container homes has the potential to change lives, as individuals transition from the streets into permanent supported accommodation. Let’s encourage people who need help, from Wrexham, to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.
“Thank you to everyone who has worked hard, throughout last year, to make this happen.
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