A deal has been signed between Tendring District Council (TDC) and a Clacton hotel to provide shelter for homeless people in the area.
The property, in Beach Road, has been providing a form of temporary housing since 2002. The owner and TDC have signed a six-month agreement allowing the Council exclusive use of the recently-refurbished 16-bedroom property.
This means the Council can provide interim accommodation there for those genuinely registered as homeless within the District.
Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said this move would also benefit residents and businesses surrounding the premises.
“The obvious benefit of this deal is that the Council has now got access to accommodation to help those local people who really need, and deserve, our help to change their housing situation,” he said.
“What it also means, though, is that we can control who is using the accommodation, developing a new solution to help our own genuine homeless.
“With a recent refurbishment meaning that the accommodation is of an improved standard, I am confident that this is a real step forward.”