Residents, partners, community projects and Councillors attended an event today to introduce them to the new multi-use communal space and to show them the extensive works that have been carried out to bring new life into the community hub.
MBC carried out the work to convert and modernise Trinity into a community asset providing assistance, support for local people and accommodation to people who are homeless along with temporary and settled accommodation.
The Council’s Outreach, Housing, Health and Accommodation Teams along with partner organisations - including community health services, will be based at Trinity to provide support, advice, well-being treatments and therapies. There will also be onsite management and an overnight concierge service.
MBC Lead Member for Communities and Public Engagement – Cllr Lottie Parfitt-Reid said:
“We are delighted to see the transformation at Trinity into this amazing community hub which will undoubtedly be a huge asset to local people in and around Maidstone town centre.”
Homes and Communities is one of the Council’s four priorities. Trinity will help further develop MBC’s outstanding Homelessness Services and increase its affordable housing programme in Maidstone; it provides multi-purpose and multi-functional space along with 23 units of various sized self-contained accommodation.
“Through the work of the MBC Housing teams 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 refurbishment work cost around £1.6m to complete. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government supported the MBC project through a Capital and Revenue Grant, with the combined sums being for circa £545k, through their Next Steps Accommodation Programme