Following the recent exchange of contracts with Hyde Housing the Council is due to start the refurbishments in May converting Trinity House in to a multi-use communal community space, providing accommodation to people who are homeless along with temporary and settled accommodation. The MBC Outreach Team will also be based there and it will have onsite management and an overnight concierge service.
Commenting on the project, MBCs Head of Housing and Community Services, John Littlemore said:
“The Council is delighted to be able to help provide a ‘new life’ for Trinity House to help people in need in the town centre.
“Through the work of the MBC Outreach Team we know only too well how important this type of facility is to the community and this facility will help us continue our work in supporting homeless people who need temporary and settled accommodation.”
The work will also help further develop MBC’s outstanding Homelessness Services and increase its affordable housing programme in the town centre.
Previously as Trinity Foyer, in Church Street, Maidstone the facility helped young adults with accommodation after it opened in December 1998.
The refurbishment is scheduled to take place from May allowing residents to move in from September 2021. It will provide 23 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments and studios and will cost around £1m to complete.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government have supported the MBC project through a Capital and Revenue Grant, with the combined sums being for circa £545k, through their Next Steps Accommodation Programme