Council considers own homeless accommodation

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A rise in the number of homeless people has forced one Devon district authority to consider creating its own temporary accommodation, it says.

Homeless people in Teignbridge are currently put up in B&B accommodation.

Seniors councillors said they were dealing with about 15 cases a week and the figure was "increasing".

They are to considering spending £400,000 on buying a property to provide accommodation. The council will debate the plans in the week.

Councillor Philip Vogel, with responsibility for housing, said the authority wanted to offer something that would give homeless people and their families more than just one room and the ability to self-cater.

The project would have "bedrooms with en-suite, as well as community rooms and communal cooking facilities".

"It would also be adaptable for those with disabilities," said Mr Vogel.

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