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New Housing Scheme

New Housing Scheme in Bedford Borough


Clarence House, a complex needs and supported housing project on St Johns Street in Bedford opens next month.


Once operational, the 29 bed Clarence House will provide 24-hour specialist, intensive support to some of Bedford’s most vulnerable people so they can they break the cycle of homelessness.


By giving targeted and supported accommodation, local people with complex needs will be able to take steps towards long term independence. The scheme will also offer a ‘move on’ service for those who have been helped by the complex needs element, to make sure people don’t return to a cycle of homelessness.


Mayor Dave Hodgson said "This brand new facility represents a major advance in the support we can offer to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. This is not just about providing a roof over people's heads, but also the specialist support that some people need to break the cycle of homelessness and live a more stable, secure life. This is the very first unit of its kind in this area, and we intend to ensure it makes a lasting, positive difference in the lives of vulnerable people in Bedford Borough."


Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adults Services said “The most recent Rough Sleeper Count led by the Council showed that some of the individuals sleeping rough in Bedford Borough have multiple support needs, so the opening of this accommodation to provide support to some of these individuals is really something to be welcomed. Alongside the wide range of other support we provide, this Unit will make a contribution to help those who are among the most vulnerable residents in the Borough towards a more independent and settled way of life.”


The service and support will be managed by the Arlington division of One Housing. Arlington’s model has worked successfully in London and has been used in other cities. Specialist Arlington staff will help some of the most vulnerable residents of Bedford toward a more independent and settled way of life. The service will work in partnership with a range of upport services, to make sure that there is opportunity and choice for those being supported. 


Nuala Foley, Director of Health Care and Support at One Housing said “We are excited to start work at Clarence House. This week’s cold snap underlines how important these services are. Sadly for some homeless people, a roof over their head isn’t enough to break the cycle of homelessness. Our team will offer Bedford’s most vulnerable homeless people a place take steps to a long term independent future.”


Factors to note, the centre will provide:

-      Specialist and high-level support

-      Each individual with high complex needs with a key worker

-      Each individual with a support plan

-      Support to stabilise and reduce risky and harmful behaviour

-      Supported accommodation for those who previously had difficulties in other settings

-      Facilitating access to a range of services to support needs and constructive activities, by working with partner agencies

-      Skills and a bespoke support plan to help individuals achieve more independent living


Clarence House is expected to open in March.

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