Triathlon’s Olympic legacy for Kenneth
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
Triathlon - East Village
Triathlon Homes says over half of the wheelchair accessible homes at the London Olympics’ East Village are now allocated, with residents moving in on a daily basis.
Triathlon, owner of 1,379 social, affordable and shared ownership homes at East Village is currently offering over 100 homes, which are specially designed to cater for the needs of wheelchair users.
The group said: "Having hosted thousands of Olympians and Paralympians during London 2012, these wheelchair accessible homes have been adapted with special features to make day-to-day life easier for residents. Features including step-free approaches, wide doorways, adapted bathrooms and lower light switches, which have been built-in to enable comfortable access."
The mother of Kenneth Lawson, a wheelchair accessible resident who has recently moved into his new home at East Village, said: "Having come from a private-rented flat in a block where the lift was frequently out of order and gaps in the floor terrified him, Kenneth is much happier and settled in his new home. We’ve seen a change for the best in him and the specially designed features make caring for him a lot easier."
Helping people like Kenneth was music to the ears of Triathlon Homes’ Olaide Oboh.
"It’s great to see residents like Kenneth feeling so at home," she said. "Small adjustments can make a big difference, and we recognise the importance of providing accessible homes that can fulfill the sometimes complex needs of residents. We look forward to welcoming more residents over the coming months."
Residents are able to apply for a brand new home at East Village using the Home Ownership for people with Long-term disability (HOLD), which involves completing a one-page eligibility form. Available to buy using the shared ownership scheme or rent through the intermediate market rent scheme, Triathlon said the properties "are providing hundreds of residents with a safe and secure home for the future".