Homeless Facility Ground-breaking in Seaforth
Published by Anonymous for Riverside in Communities and also in Housing
Riverside Emmaus Seaforth site launched
A project to help end homelessness in Seaforth, Emmaus Merseyside, has worked with Riverside, the Government Homes and Communities Agency and Sefton Borough Council to cement the development of a residential development due for completion in Spring 2015.
Emmaus Merseyside, working in partnership with Riverside and Sefton Borough Council, will provide accommodation, training, work and personal support to enable homeless people to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living. The £2.4m residential development, which is part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency and Riverside, is due for completion in Spring 2015.
A ground-breaking ceremony of the project site on Friday 30th May was attended by stakeholders including Assistant Director for Regeneration for Riverside, Carol Kershaw, who is thrilled the project is off the ground: “By working together, Riverside and Emmaus Merseyside will bring an exceptional range of skills and expertise to this project. The development will regenerate redundant and derelict land; while at the same time provide stable and secure accommodation for homeless persons in the region, helping them to rebuild their lives.”
Chair of Trustees for Emmaus Merseyside Nigel Mellor is pleased with the support they’ve had: “We can now start to build an Emmaus community here in Seaforth. We’re very grateful for the strong and positive support we’ve had from everyone involved.”
The School Lane supported housing scheme will provide 28 self-contained bedrooms, together with two staff rooms and a range of other communal facilities including a kitchen, dining room, lounges and training services. Emmaus Merseyside appoint companions to live in the accommodation, who help to run the facility and social enterprise activities, which aim to generate sufficient income to sustain the whole operation in the longer term.
Forrest, the construction company undertaking the build, is pleased to be involved. Operations Director Mark Parker said: “Forrest is delighted to be working in partnership with Emmaus and Riverside on this exciting development opportunity, which will provide valuable support in the local community. Construction work has recently commenced, with a programmed completion date of March 2015.”
Attending the ground-breaking ceremony, Sefton Borough Councillor Gordon Friel is happy with how the project has been developed: “Riverside’s consultation with residents has been exemplary. Seaforth is an up-and-coming area with many new shops and businesses; we’re looking forward to seeing it up and running early next year.”
Local councillor for Sefton Borough Council Doreen Kerrigan also gave the project her support: “The project is much-needed and long overdue. Local people and local businesses are coming together and the council will be supporting it all the way.”