New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

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…
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OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

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The National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign this week puts housing at the forefront of providing settled futures for vulnerable people, with a key focus on supporting those who are already homeless or preventing those at risk from sleeping rough. As our organisation was founded out of a day shelter provision back in 1976, supporting the homeless has always been one of our main aims as we look to help people get their lives back on track. For those homeless, not having an address means finding employment and claiming benefits can be extremely difficult, whilst other issues such as lack of washing facilities and lack of access to IT equipment makes it very challenging to break into the job market. With COVID-19 seeing a sharp rise in people needing social housing,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

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After looking at the benefits housing has on the economy, living standards and making ends meet, this week’s focus in the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign surrounds the idea of a greener country. A greener environment is an important way to promote positive mental health for some of our most vulnerable clients. A well-kept, outdoor space goes a long way to put a smile on people’s faces, either by spending time in a garden or park, or actively helping out in looking after them. Thanks to donations, a disused piece of land has been transformed at our Keighley accommodation into a communal outdoor space for clients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a garden. With a vegetable patch allowing people to grow their own produce, this beautiful and peaceful plot…
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Wesley House reopens after major renovation

Wesley House reopens after major renovation

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A disused building in Keighley has been transformed into move-on accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Wesley House, on Halifax Road, Ingrow has stood empty since 2016 when it was last used as a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The Victorian property has now been completely renovated and brought back into use as supported accommodation. There is also an onsite office and a communal area for client activities. Outside there is some garden space for picnics and recreational use. Chartford Housing Limited completed the development with the assistance of £280,000 grant funding from Homes England. Chartford Housing is the development arm of Horton Housing Association and a Registered Provider (RP). As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access development funding from the…
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Case study: Arabia

Case study: Arabia

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Arabia was facing eviction because the mess in her house had become unmanageable. She had lived in her home for 19 years and raised her three children there. Arabia has a number of serious health problems and very limited mobility. She is in a lot of pain most of the time. Arabia had become confined to her living room where she slept on her reclining chair. Her son, who has autism and is selectively mute, was looking after her but was struggling to cope. Arabia hadn’t left the house in two-and-a-half years. Unable to use the kitchen, mother and son were living on take-away food. Rubbish, including food packaging, was mounting up putting Arabia at risk from fire and pests. She was distrustful of the housing officers who came around…
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