New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

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Four units of move-on accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have opened in Skipton.

The renovation has been completed by Chartford Housing with the assistance of a £180,000 grant from Homes England.

Chartford Housing is the development arm of Horton Housing Association and is both a Registered Provider (RP) and registered Charity. As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access development funding from the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme. In its first five years of operation, Chartford Housing has secured £2.6 million from Homes England to create 103 new homes in Bradford, Calderdale and North Yorkshire.

Work to transform the Victorian terraced property into four self-contained flats started in March 2020 and was completed on schedule despite lockdown.

The properties complement the existing homeless provision in Skipton provided by the Craven Homeless Hub.
Mark Dowson, Chair of the Chartford Housing Board of Directors, said:

“These wonderful self-contained flats will provide much needed homes for local homeless people who are moving towards independent living.

“Having a home is an important step towards finding employment, training and getting help with some of the challenges our clients face.”

The first residents will be moving in this week and are getting excited. Here are some of their comments:

“It’s amazing and feels so like home. This is an amazing opportunity.”

“It’s pretty good. I’m looking forward to moving in.”

“I am not ready to move out into the community yet because of my complex mental health issues. I need support and moving to this accommodation will help me be more independent.”