The council will continue to provide improved housing in the borough

Extensive improvements will be made to a local hostel, to provide urgently needed improved accommodation, after Council Cabinet agreed to extend the hostel’s lease last night (28 February).

Cape House, currently a private hostel in Dalston offering 117 single accommodation units, will undergo upgrades so that the Council can continue to provide good quality emergency accommodation. It is now used by the Council as temporary emergency accommodation but currently consists of shared rooms and is in need of refurbishment.

After taking a lease on the property, the Council will oversee improvements to Cape House, including the creation of self-contained, reconfigured units for single people, with their own bathrooms and kitchenettes. Other benefits of the renovations will be improved environmental performance of the property, to make it more sustainable, as well as the addition of two units designed for residents with disabilities.

Cllr Sade Etti, Councilor for Homelessness, Housing Needs and Rough Sleeping, said:

“We are pleased to welcome this positive decision, which will address our housing issues. Although we have the largest stock of temporary hostel accommodation in London, the housing situation is a major concern for our borough, and of course we want to continue to do everything we can to prevent homelessness, as well as to prevent our residents from living in unsuitable housing.

“We therefore aim to increase the supply of quality temporary accommodation. The planned renovations to Cape House support our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we will always provide a good standard of living for those who need it most.

“This will benefit both our local community and some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents. We will always do everything possible to continue to provide safe housing for all our residents in need, in order to maintain a healthy standard of living.

“We are also currently building hundreds of new homes at dozens of sites across the borough and working to increase the supply of truly affordable permanent homes in Hackney.”

Read the Cabinet documents here:

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