27 July 2012
The Health and Social Services Department (HSS) is acquiring 2 properties in Springfield Crescent to provide extra housing for homeless Islanders. The department is buying 6 and 7 Springfield Crescent from the Nemo Charitable Association, which, until February 2012, used the properties to care for homeless adults, some of whom were coping with addictions.
The £40,000 cost of the former Roseneath properties will be met from Central Reserve funding. The purchase meets the priorities of the 2012 States Strategic Plan, which aims to house all Island residents adequately. It will also release existing publicly owned buildings for resale, or for reuse by the States or third sector agencies.
When the buildings are in public ownership they will be converted to accommodate homeless Islanders. A range of providers, including States departments and third sector agencies, will then work to improve the lives of the residents.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke, said “I am pleased that the department can invest in the future of some of our more vulnerable Islanders. The purchase of these buildings by Jersey Property Holdings, on behalf of the Department, will help us to provide accommodation and support for those who need it.”