Two contracts totalling more than £250,000 to support those at risk of becoming homeless have been approved.
Warrington Borough Council’s cabinet has approved the move to ensure the continued provision of supported housing in the town and to align the end dates of both contracts with the homelessness tender process, which concludes in June 2020.
The first contract relates to supported housing for men and women at James Lee House, where the services are delivered by The Salvation Army.
The value of the current annual arrangement, which is coming to an end, is £297,494.
The second contract is for supported housing for young people at Verve Place, where the services are delivered by Your Housing Group.
The value of the current annual contract is £205,908.
The two new six-month contracts will run until June 30 2020.
The new contract for The Salvation Army for James Lee House, on Brick Street, totals £148,747.
And the one for Your Housing Group for Verve Place, on Mersey Street, totals £102,954.
James Lee House is managed and run by The Salvation Army and provides 54 units of supported accommodation for single homeless males and females.
Verve Place provides a supported housing service for young people at risk of homelessness and is currently provided under an existing contract by Your Housing Group.
Verve Place provides in total 38 units of supported accommodation, of which four units provide direct access for people aged 16-17 years old, who are defined as a relevant young person under the Children Leaving Care Act 2000.
Both James Lee House and Verve Place assist the Council in meeting its statutory duties.
The services provided at the town sites form part of the current portfolio of services established to prevent, reduce and manage the risk of homelessness or rough sleeping in the town.