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Care home in Kenton to become emergency accommodation for ‘vulnerable mothers and children’

A care home on the Harrow and Brent border is set to be turned into emergency accommodation for ‘vulnerable mothers and children’ after plans were approved. The new 12-bedroom facility would be used exclusively by the local council’s housing service to help those most in need within the borough.

The existing two-storey 11-bedroom residential care home on Draycott Avenue in Kenton will be re-purposed into specialist emergency accommodation to meet the growing number of homeless applications. Housing company Exodus will manage the property and have agreed a condition that it can only be used by Brent Council.

The original planning application refers only to ‘vulnerable mothers and children’ but Brent Council have told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that the facility will be a B&B-style property and used for anyone in the borough in need of temporary emergency accommodation. Due to the demand for this type of housing, planning documents state that a number of the rooms ‘are already occupied by vulnerable mothers’.

There are currently 749 households in emergency accommodation in the borough, with none on any waiting list. But the growing need has meant some people moved into the site in December of last year and the planning application was submitted as quickly as possible ‘to address the situation formally on site’.

Brent Council will be able to use the accommodation in whatever way is needed to meet the highest need at the time. This is also to ensure that any future use of the building can be met as planning documents show it is ‘extremely unlikely’ that all of the rooms will be in use at any point as people are coming and going frequently. Exodus expects that on average nine of the rooms will be occupied at any one time.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters’ Security, Cllr Promise Knight, said: “The property at 70 Draycott Avenue will house people in need of emergency Temporary Accommodation (B&B). It will be used to meet demand from new homeless applications, as opposed to households on the Housing Register, for which there is a high demand in Brent.”