Homelessness Prevention and Private Rented Sector Accommodation Scheme for Shropshire

Applicants are invited to tender for the provision of a Homelessness Prevention and Private Rented Sector Accommodation Scheme service for Shropshire for an initial period of up to 18 months with an option to extend for a further 6 months commencing on 1st October 2014.

The Shropshire Homelessness Prevention and Private Rented Sector Accommodation Scheme aims to provide advice, assistance and enhanced housing options to a diverse range of potentially vulnerable people who may be considered to be at risk of becoming homeless. The aim is to wherever possible support and assist people to remain in their current accommodation through a range of tenancy support and preventive measures. Where there is a real threat of homelessness or the existing accommodation may be unsuitable or unaffordable, and there is also limited access to social sector housing, practical assistance is offered to secure appropriate privately rented accommodation. This assistance takes the form of liaison with private landlords and the provision of rent bonds or rent in advance where required.

The service will be adaptable and flexible and will make the most effective use of partnerships and community & other resources. The service will demonstrate high quality social, environmental and economic impacts and a commitment to close partnership working, high quality and a commitment to improvement.

The contract will be for a period of 18 months with effect from 1st October 2014 with an option to extend for a maximum of a further 6 months.

The funding for this contract is fixed at £121,000 per annum to be allocated as follows:

• Core funding for the provision of staff : c£65,000

• Funding for bonds, deposits and rent in advance : c£40,000

• Specialist Deposits/rent in advance – Complex Needs : £16,000

If you wish to receive tender documents, please write or email as soon as possible to Procurement Manager, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, SHREWSBURY SY2 6ND procurement@shropshire.gov.uk quoting reference DMC113.

The deadline for the return of completed tenders is 12 noon Friday 22nd August 2014.

Shropshire Council is purchasing on behalf of itself and any wholly owned local authority company or other entity that is deemed to be a contracting authority by virtue of the Council’s involvement.

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