New homes are to be made available for people facing homelessness in Audenshaw, Manchester thanks to a new partnership project between charity Stepping Stone Projects and social enterprise Cornerstone Place.
A total of 13 new, self-contained apartments will be made available later this year thanks to plans from the partnership to regenerate a large Victorian villa.
Under the plans, Cornerstone Place has purchased and will now carry out work to refurbish the building, with Greater Manchester-based homelessness charity SSP then taking over its running and using the homes to provide vital services to local people.
Cornerstone Place works with charity clients such as SSP to source properties, arrange funding, and manage builds so they can be used for essential community needs.
Work is expected to be completed on the project before the end of the year. Once finished, SSP will work with Ashton Pioneer Homes, who will ensure property and service standards, and Tameside Council to provide homes and important support services. Among these will be access to training and employment help to support residents who would otherwise be facing life on the streets.
“With homelessness expected to increase in the coming months as the furlough scheme closes and the ban on evictions comes to an end, it’s vital that housing providers, charities, and other support services work together to provide much-needed solutions” said Dave Smith, chief executive of Stepping Stone Projects.
Cornerstone Place co-founder David Ball explains: “Our model is unique in that it brings buildings and funding to charities, develops the buildings, then gradually shifts the ownership to the charity. We are thrilled to be working with SSP and APH on this project.”
Stepping Stone Projects was originally set up in 1984 in partnership with Rochdale Council to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable people at risk of homelessness in and around the Rochdale area. It has since expanded to offer services to people across Greater Manchester and the wider North-West.
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