Wesley House reopens after major renovation

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Wesley House in Keighley

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 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. In addition to creating these new homes, Chartford Housing also acts as landlord to a further 292 properties across West and North Yorkshire.
Mark Dowson, Chair of the Chartford Housing Board of Directors, said: “This is a most welcome development that will provide much needed supported housing in Keighley for people who are homeless, but who still require a level of support to manage their accommodation.”
“This development of good quality affordable housing was completed on schedule, which has been very challenging during the lockdown restrictions, and the new residents will be able to move in soon.”
Horton Housing Association will provide support for residents living at Wesley House. This includes help with understanding their rights and responsibilities as a tenant and support to access health, social and employment, training and education services, as well as engaging positively with the local community.
Sue Atkinson, Services Director for Horton Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen Wesley House and use it as move-on accommodation for homeless people in Keighley. The support we provide will help people who are struggling to maintain a tenancy to get the help they need to move on to independent living in the community.”