New scheme opens in Bradford

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A new housing scheme in Bradford city centre was officially opened on Tuesday, 18 April.

Clergy House and Jermyn Court provide 18 self-contained flats for people who are homeless. They offer individuals and families temporary accommodation of up to three months while we help them to find longer-term and more suitable housing.

Clergy House was a historic building in the city centre, owned by Bradford Cathedral, which had become derelict. Bradford Council spent £3.3 million renovating the property and creating new accommodation on land they owned close by, which has now become Jermyn Court.

Horton Housing will manage the two schemes on behalf of Bradford Council.

Two of our clients spoke at the official launch of the accommodation and were also interviewed by the Telegraph & Argus newspaper and Pulse radio.

Tara Evans, 32, came to the scheme with her 11-month-old son Luke-Anthony after fleeing a violent relationship. She said that having her own safe, personal space is giving her time to rebuild her confidence and help her make a new start.

Eighteen-year-old student Niloofar Bagherizadeh is living at Jermyn Court with her parents and her 14-year-old brother. The family originally come from Iran.
She said: “I love this place, all the staff are very nice, friendly and helpful. I like the fact it is in the city centre. I wish we could stay forever.

The Dean of Bradford Cathedral, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, said: “A project like this helps people springboard their lives, so that they can go from this to the next phase of their lives.