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Pathways homeless accommodation in Yeovil to close in March 2023

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South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has confirmed that a facility in Yeovil ,which provides supported accommodation for those facing homelessness and rough sleepers, will close on 31 March 2023.

The Pathways facility in Newton Road, which is operated by BCHA and provides accommodation for up to 30 people, was deemed to be no longer suitable for the service.

SSDC are already working on a plan of support and alternative accommodation for all those affected to ensure they have somewhere suitable to stay when the facility closes.

As previously reported, BCHA had been exploring an option with grant support from SSDC to create a new facility with on-site support in Hendford Hill but planning permission for this proposal was refused earlier this year.

Councillor Val Keitch, Leader of South Somerset District Council, said:

“This news will understandably be very unsettling for Pathways residents and staff and we want to reassure them and our communities that we are committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and warm roof over their head.

Our priority at this time remains on searching for alternative premises, with a focus on exploring and securing smaller units of accommodation as the preferred option, while we continue to assist people into suitable accommodation as appropriate. This is a difficult process but we will keep all those affected informed at all stages.”

BCHA was awarded a contract in 2020 with South Somerset District Council to run the Pathways facility.

Caroline Moylan, Chief Operating Officer at BCHA said:

“We will be working closely with SSDC to look at alternative models and homes for existing and new customers within the Yeovil community. While we were disappointed not to secure planning approval earlier this year, BCHA remains committed to providing properties that enhance our customers’ quality of life and we remain dedicated to helping residents who have previously experienced homelessness to move towards permanent housing and independent living.”

Further information about our rough sleepers and homelessness policy can be found here: www.southsomerset.gov.uk/media/3408/somerset-homelessness-rough-sleeper-strategy-action-plan-2019-2023.pdf

Find out more about Bournemouth Church and Housing Association.

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