|Bid success brings empty homes back to life|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:26|
A local housing association is celebrating success after winning government grant to increase the number of affordable homes in Herefordshire and The Forest of Dean. West Midlands-based Marches Housing Association has been awarded £87,000 by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) through the Empty Homes programme, funding which will allow them to bring 15 empty homes back into use.
The three-year programme will see Marches work with Herefordshire Council and Forest of Dean District Council to identify properties which could benefit from the scheme.
The programme is part of the government’s Housing Strategy and is designed to fund the refurbishment of homes which have stood empty for six months or more. It aims to deliver more than 5,600 new affordable homes by 2015.
Marches is part of the Jephson Housing Association Group, which has been allocated a total of £369,000 HCA funding to deliver 77 empty homes across the Midlands, South and South West.
Jonathan Brookes, Head of Development & New Business at Marches, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in winning allocation for all of the units we bid for”.
“The Empty Homes Programme complements our ongoing commitment to the provision of affordable homes. This grant will mean that we shall be able to deliver more new homes in areas where they are needed most”.