More than 500 homeless residents find homes through Council-owned company, i4B

24 April 2019

More than 500 homeless residents have found secure, new homes though the Brent-Council owned company, i4B Holding Limited (i4B).

The first tenants of properties managed by i4B moved into their new homes in September 2017. Since then, i4B has purchased and refurbished more than 210 properties, the majority of which have been in Brent.

i4B was set up to provide affordable housing to Brent residents who might otherwise be placed into Bed and Breakfast accommodation or other temporary accommodation.

Donnette Martin, 40, moved into her two-bedroom apartment in Neasden with her two children a year ago. “I am happy that I’m living somewhere with a roof over my head,” she said. “I don’t know what would have happened if i4B hadn’t stepped in.”

i4B has saved the Council around £250,000 spending on temporary accommodation for homeless families with a total saving in the region of £600,000. By 2021, the company aims to increase its number of properties to 360 helping more than 1,200 homeless residents.

Gertrude Awere, 52, moved into her new i4B home with her two children in January this year. “It is better than where we were before,” she said. “The rooms are quite big. We have some space now. You can sense some fresh air.”

i4B is also looking at supporting residents through more affordable housing.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Resources, said: “We want to see an end to the number of people facing homelessness.  i4B is one of Brent’s solutions to tackling the housing crisis.”