Hackney,
02
September
2019
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18:24
Europe/London

Rehousing families in temporary accommodation at Marian Court

What’s happening at Marian Court?

Marian Court is one of more than 20 sites where Hackney is building desperately needed new Council homes. As part of the wider transformation of Bridge House and Marian Court, we are building 275 high-quality new homes to replace the existing homes which are in poor condition and uneconomical to refurbish.

Once complete this will include 81 homes for social rent, 117 for shared ownership and eight for living rent, with the remaining 69 sold outright to help pay for them. Find out more

What’s happening in the meantime?

Hackney is facing a severe housing crisis, with more than 3,000 homeless families living in hostels and temporary accommodation and a 40% increase in the number of families asking for help with homelessness since 2018.

With the permanent residents rehoused in new Council homes close by, before demolition takes place some existing homes at Marian Court have been used to help some of these families on a temporary basis .

This is allowing these families to remain in Hackney without having to live in hostel accommodation while we work with them to find a permanent place to live.

How are these families being rehoused?

We have committed to housing as many of the families in long-term temporary accommodation at Marian Court as possible, directly into permanent, genuinely affordable homes in Hackney, instead of asking them to move to alternative temporary accommodation.

To ensure this, all families were placed on the “urgent” band to bid for permanent social housing in Hackney in March 2018. This gave them the highest chance of successfully bidding for an available permanent home of their choice, provided they are flexible in the type and location of property they bid for. Most of the families in temporary accommodation at Marian Court were able to move to a permanent home of their choice this way.

For the remaining families who had not yet found a home, the Council has made direct offers of permanent, settled social housing in Hackney which met the families needs. 

We are pleased to say that all but two of more than 40 homeless families in temporary accommodation at Marian Court have now been moved to a permanent, genuinely affordable home in Hackney that meets their needs, despite the huge housing shortage in the borough.

How do we make offers of housing?

All the families in temporary accommodation at Marian Court have received the same treatment and level of support in finding them a permanent home. Where it has taken longer to rehouse some families than others, this is usually because the family has specific requirements that are more challenging to accommodate.

Some concerns have been raised about families being offered or forced to accept homes that do not meet their needs or where they are not safe. Safety is always a top priority when we allocate homes, and we would not house a family in a home where we have evidence that they would be at risk. 

We will also take into account a family’s preferences for any alternative home, though this must be balanced against the shortage of accommodation in the borough and the need to find homes that are suitable for a family’s needs. Where a family feels a property offered to them is unsuitable, they are entitled to request a review of the suitability of this offer.