A North West housing provider has marked World Homeless Day in an appropriate manner – by building homes for the homeless.
ForHousing, part of ForViva Group stared work today on the second phase of a £3.7 million housing development aimed at preventing homelessness.
The development of 15 one-bedroom apartments in Somerset Road, Eccles, has been built to address a shortage of low-cost supported accommodation available to people who face becoming homeless in Greater Manchester.
The first phase of the scheme, in Haddon Road, was launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett in April this year.
The one-bedroom self-contained apartments will transform three former garage sites in Eccles that had become hotspots for anti-social behaviour into up to 39 new homes.
A third site, in Vicars Street, is awaiting planning approval.
The new homes will be let at a low-cost, sub-social rent and include free utility bills and service charges.
ForHousing, which also delivers homeless services to Cheshire West & Chester Council, will also support each tenant for two years into employment and training opportunities, and long-term accommodation.
“It is fitting that we begin work on the second phase of this important development on World Homeless Day,” said Nigel Sedman, ForViva’s group director of homes. “We know that for many people, especially those at risk of homelessness, securing somewhere affordable to live is a real challenge.
“It’s really positive to see the great progress we’re making on this development, which will provide a safe place for tenants to call home and provide them with vital support to fuel their potential and plan their future.
“We will offer expert support to people to get back into work and secure a long-term home.”
There are currently more than 5,500 people homeless across Greater Manchester and more than 1,000 are homeless in Salford, the housing provider said.
The development has been designed by JDA Architects and will be built by Bridgestone Construction.
A grant of £1.43 million has been secured from Homes England towards the scheme.
Haddon Road is scheduled to be completed in December, with Somerset Road due in Summer 2020 with Vicars Street expecting to start on site in November.
Main Image: Artist’s impression of Somerset Road