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Vacant property charity appoints new chief executive

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development

Charity to bring 30 empty homes back into use to house young homeless Charity to bring 30 empty homes back into use to house young homeless

A charity that campaigns for vacant properties to be brought back into use has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

Helen Williams will replace David Ireland - who has been appointed director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation - at the helm of Empty Homes.

She was previously assistant director at the National Housing Federation.

Ms Williams said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead Empty Homes it’s an issue that I have cared about for many years. Housing is likely to be one of the key battlegrounds in next year’s general election.

"The evidence of the last few years is that policy changes really can have an impact on the issue. We need to make the case that more needs to be done to ensure that wasted homes are effectively used to meet housing need.”

Empty Homes is an independent charity that helps people create homes from empty properties and campaigns for more void properties to be brought into use for the benefit of those who need housing.

The charity estimates that there are 635,000 empty homes across the England, of which 270,000 are long term empty.

Empty Homes' chair, Mark Hemingway, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Helen to the Empty Homes charity.

"She has a wealth of housing experience and she is the perfect choice as the new chief executive to replace David. Helen will be able to build on the many successes we have had in our campaigning work and she will be able to guide us through the years ahead. I am really looking forward to working with her."

"I would also like to wish David every success in his new role as Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation.

"Over the past seven years David has taken the Empty Homes charity to new heights. His passion for housing issues, his drive, his determination and his work ethos are all legendary and our loss is certainly BSHF's gain.

"The issues surrounding empty homes are now firmly towards the top of the political agenda and this is in no small part due to David's work at the charity."

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