Trust transforms local empty homes
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Halton Housing Trust is currently revamping four houses in the borough, with three more in the future pipeline.
Partially funded by the HCA, the homes have been left empty, by owners who have been unable to maintain them, for more than six months.
Bringing empty homes back into use is a high priority set by the Government. The Trust is currently working on revamping four properties; two have been completed on Reay Street and Market Street, with all four being due to be completed by the end of March 2014.
Beth O’Sullivan, first resident of one of the homes said: “I have been in my new house since the beginning of February and I couldn’t be happier. The area is ideal for me and my eight month old son.”
“The Trust has been incredibly helpful and very supportive and I am looking forward to making this my home.”
With such high demand for properties in this area the Trust has recognised that not only will this provide a home, it can also change a local community and boost the housing market. All work is carried out by Trust employees at Construction Services, who must adhere to specific criteriaunder the HCA’S design and quality standards.
John Dale, the Trust’s Investment Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to bring houses back into the community and provide additional homes for our customers. We are really pleased that we have been able to undertake this work in house and are delighted with the results.”
There are many risks associated with empty homes, such as vandalism and squatters with the funding from HCA the Trust can work towards preventing these risks and help build and improve communities.