MCS was delighted to attend the official opening of Harper House in Ashford today, Wednesday 24 November, by the Mayor for Spelthorne, Cllr Ian Harvey.
Located on Fordbridge Road, Harper House will provide emergency accommodation for up to 20 homeless families. It will offer a local temporary home which is safe, secure and provides the best opportunity for families to move-on to settled accommodation.
The site will be managed by social housing provider Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) and have dedicated on-site teams to support residents and work closely with the local community.
Cllr Sandra Dunn, Chair of the Community Wellbeing and Housing Committee, said: "We are extremely proud of this fantastic purpose-built facility which will provide support for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Homelessness has such a devastating effect on people’s lives, so I’m delighted that this new service will provide the specialist assistance people need and help them to move to settled accommodation..."
Julie Shuter, Regional Director for South London and South at MTVH said: “We are delighted to be working with Spelthorne Borough Council to provide homelessness support services at Harper House. At MTVH, we are committed to providing people with the support they need to establish settled futures and, given the impact of the pandemic on people’s financial security, it is particularly important to expand homelessness services at this time...”
Justin Whiteman, Construction Director at MCS said: “We were thrilled to once again partner with Spelthorne Borough Council. Our work at Fordbridge Road has continued at pace throughout a difficult year to create these much needed and essential temporary homes. In addition, through our network of local supply chain partners, we have supported the local economy by keeping the Spelthorne pound in Spelthorne.”