Cash lifeline for housing complex for single mums

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Mark Durham outside Stephens House in Heybridge Mark Durham outside Stephens House in Heybridge

A housing complex for young single mothers is under threat after £10,000 in funding cuts were announced.

Colne Housing runs Stephens House, in Everest Way, Heybridge, which houses women aged 16 to 25 who are pregnant or have a child under two years old, At the end of last year, Essex County Council said it would not be renewing its funding for 2014.

Stephens House is unable to open full-time without the money and there had been discussions about opening just once a week to offer support.

District councillor Mark Durham, who chairs Maldon District Council’s community services committee, had intended to fight the cuts with other committee members.

County Hall has now decided to give the £10,000 for 2014, but no decision has been made for the long-term.

See this week's MBS for the full story.

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1:00pm Mon 20 Jan 14

creditcrunch2010 says...

Why should the Council or Colne Housing pay. What about pursuing the absent Fathers to pay for the upbringing of their children?????
Why should the Council or Colne Housing pay. What about pursuing the absent Fathers to pay for the upbringing of their children????? creditcrunch2010

2:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Jack222 says...

So they get chucked out when their children are two? Why that arbitrary age? Do they then go homeless? Or is there other choices foir them, if so why wait till the child is two?
So they get chucked out when their children are two? Why that arbitrary age? Do they then go homeless? Or is there other choices foir them, if so why wait till the child is two? Jack222

3:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

There's plenty you can do to NOT get pregnant if you know you are unable to properly provide for yourself and a baby.
There's plenty you can do to NOT get pregnant if you know you are unable to properly provide for yourself and a baby. The Stinker Returns

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