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P3 Rejuvenates Homelessness Services in Wolverhampton

Rachel Reeves 9 January 2023

A new centre named after a former Mayor and Council Deputy Leader is one way that P3 will be rejuvenating homelessness services in Wolverhampton in 2023.

Peter Bilson House is among the services on a new contract that went live on 1 January between the council and P3, which already runs various programmes in Wolverhampton.

The contract creates new partnerships with local organisations to improve existing services and create new ones.
 
These include The Haven for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, Changing Lives for people experiencing homelessness and substance misuse and St George’s House for marginalised and vulnerable men.
 
Peter Bilson House, due to be completed in the spring, is a purpose-built, council-owned building that will be managed by P3.
 
It will have emergency beds for people to access directly from the streets, plus longer-term places where people can live for up to two years as they work towards securing long-term housing.
 
The building will also have office space for partner organisations working alongside P3.
 
In addition, P3’s existing Navigator service will continue to provide outreach services to get people off the streets and into short-term accommodation, and floating support for people at risk of homelessness.
 
It will also continue the Housing First service that can support people with complex needs who have experienced prolonged periods of homelessness.
 
Peter Bilson House and the Navigator and Housing First services will all benefit from the new partnerships formed between P3 and local organisations under the new contract.
 
P3 Head of Support and Community Services Sam Bailey said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to develop and strengthen our partnerships with specialist service providers in the city of Wolverhampton and deliver a new P3 service in the city.

“As an organisation we remain committed to continuing our work and ensuring anyone who finds themselves with no home receives an immediate, kind response and the right support. Here at P3 we believe that no one going through a tough time should be left with no other option than to bed down on the streets.”
 
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Assets and Housing, Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, said: “We have a history of strong partnership working when it comes to support for rough sleepers. Nobody in Wolverhampton has to sleep outside or go hungry.
 
“This contract led by P3 and involving dedicated organisations such as Changing Lives, St George’s Hub and the Haven will build on this to deliver further successful outcomes for some of the city’s most vulnerable people. 
 
“City of Wolverhampton Council and its partners are committed to ensuring no individual feels that they have no choice other than to bed down on the streets, and that anyone who does sleep rough is provided with an immediate response and the appropriate support.”

 

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