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Homeless to get support during pandemic

Swansea Council's Cabinet has approved a £400,000 project that will help ensure nobody needs to be homeless in our city during

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The funding will allow Ty Tom Jones in Alexandra Road to be re-opened as accommodation for 20 single homeless people for a year to help support them during the pandemic.

Under the scheme, the council is providing funding so that the building's owners, the housing association Pobl, can re-open and prepare it for occupation.

It'll then be managed by Pobl, while homelessness charities Wallich and Caer Las will be delivering support to residents.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "It's good news that Cabinet has approved this vital project

 "The purpose of this effort is to protect homeless people and keep them safe. This project means they'll have access to medical care and other support and be able to self-isolate should they be affected by the virus."

She said: "We've made a pledge that no person need sleep rough in Swansea. That pledge was in place before the Coronavirus crisis and will still be there when the pandemic is over."

It's anticipated the temporary service will be available until May, 2021, and staffing costs will be about £345,000, funds which the council will reclaim from the Welsh Government.

Andrew Vye, Managing Director, Pobl Homes & Communities, said:

"We are really pleased to be part of the council's efforts to increase the supply of homes for homeless people in Swansea.

"Our new service at Ty Tom Jones will be a bridge between leaving temporary accommodation and moving into a permanent home. Working with partners, tenants will receive support, advice and assistance to ensure that when they make their next move, they are ready for that move, helping to break the cycle of homelessness."

A not for profit organisation, Pobl Group is Wales' largest social housing provider Pobl Group, managing over 15,000 homes and providing care and support to more than 10,000 people across South Wales.

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