Single Grenfell family still in hotel

As of June, 194 Grenfell affected households said to have accepted a permanent home, with 185 households already moved in.

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A single Grenfell family was still in hotel accommodation, with 185 now moved into new permanent homes, according to figures from Kensington and Chelsea council.

Numbers put to the final meeting of the council’s Grenfell Recovery Scrutiny Committee showed 201 households formerly living in Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk are being assisted with housing.

As of June, 194 households had accepted a permanent home, with 185 households already moved in.

One household remained in hotel accommodation and another is in a self-contained serviced apartment.

14 were residing in self-contained interim housing.

Amid community anger, the council last month voted to scrap the Grenfell committee and incorporate its function into a new scrutiny structure.

Critics feared the move would reduce Grenfell-related scrutiny, claiming the council was treating the aftermath of the disaster as a “PR crisis”.

Kensington and Chelsea MP Emma Dent Coad accused the council of “whitewashing” Grenfell with the changes.

The council claims the changes strengthen scrutiny.

On the ground, the council maintains officers continue to engage with those households remaining in emergency accommodation.

The committee heard the reasons that some households have yet to accept an offer or move into new permanent homes or change their mind having initially accepted an offer, were different in each case depending on the needs and wishes of individual families.

A report said some of the specific housing needs of survivors have changed over time and the housing and wider support reflects the “particular, often complex” needs of each household – without setting deadlines or placing pressure on them to accept an offer.

Overall, the ‘acquired properties’ programme now topped around 325 homes, with the committee told this number includes homes purchased on open market, and acquired or provided for the Grenfell programme by partner housing associations, as well as existing council stock.

To date, the committee heard 237 of the 325 had been accepted by tenants, including 43 homes allocated to residents with a high priority on the Housing Register who did not live in Grenfell Tower or Grenfell Walk.

88 of the properties had not been accepted because they were either subject to on-going refurbishment works, final completion checks or are in the process of being handed over to be advertised.

Referencing the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy, the report said that as of June 2019, 39 households were in hotel accommodation, serviced apartments or staying with friends and family.

Three of the 39 intended to return home as works continued on their properties to allow them to do so.

The committee was told the remaining 36 intended to move to new permanent homes direct from their temporary accommodation; six having accepted new homes and in the process of signing tenancies and moving in.

A total of 44 tenants have been rehoused, either from temporary accommodation or from their council home, to a new home through the Wider Grenfell Rehousing Policy, the committee heard.

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