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Former Erith care home to be used for temporary housing accommodation

PUBLISHED: 09:16 18 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 18 September 2015

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Homeleigh Care Home will be used as temporary housing accommodation for up to two years

Bexley’s planning committee announced last week that the site of the now closed Homeleigh Care Home in Avenue Road, Erith will be used as temporary housing accommodation.

After refurbishment, the building will be able to provide accommodation for up to 15 fifteen families and 10 individuals.

Homelessness is currently on the increase, with the council using more than 700 units of temporary accommodation.

The council has stressed using Homeleigh for temporary housing is not a permanent use for the currently empty building, and the use will last a maximum of two years.

The decision was made at a meeting of the committee last week on September 10, and is planned to help house the rising number of homeless households qualifying for help from the council.

The former care home was closed after it could not comply with new legal requirements for care homes dealing with elderly patients and people with dementia.

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