Caerphilly County Council buys up properties to tackle homelessness

CAERPHILLY County Borough Council has bought privately owned properties to provide housing for families who would otherwise find themselves in temporary accommodation.

To date, the Council has accessed funding via Welsh Government’s Transitional Accommodation Capital Programme to purchase and renovate 17 homes in the Caerphilly borough. The funding, part of Welsh Government’s work to tackle and prevent homelessness, has also been used by the Council to modernise 4 of its own properties for the same purpose.

Cllr Shayne Cook, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said “In recent years we have seen a significant increase in people presenting to the Council as homeless and, given the current cost of living and housing crises, are likely to see this number grow. This places enormous pressure on existing resources and temporary accommodation.

“I am delighted to see the Council purchase and renovate 17 homes in the Caerphilly borough which will provide much needed suitable accommodation for those experiencing homelessness. The Council has provided over £1 million of its own monies alongside £3 million of Welsh Government funding enabling us to purchase these properties.”

“We hope to be able to access funding again in the future to acquire more homes to help tackle homelessness.”

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