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YMCA Birmingham secures £1 million HCA grant

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development, Finance

YMCA Birmingham secures 1 million HCA grant YMCA Birmingham secures 1 million HCA grant

YMCA Birmingham has received confirmation of a £1 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to expand one of its housing schemes.

The Orchard provides 83 units of supported accommodation for young people from across Birmingham, and the association will put the HCA grant money towards the building of an additional 34 units.

The first phase of The Orchard was completed three years ago and already provides housing and support for Birmingham’s young homeless.

In addition to the 83 units of modern and comfortable accommodation, The Orchard is also home to a training room and a day nursery. The grant will help the YMCA to extend the training facilities that are available to young people and provide a community café and meeting space.

Alan Fraser, CEO for the YMCA Birmingham, said: “This is excellent news for the city and for YMCA Birmingham. This grant will allow us to complete this flagship development and provide further, much-needed housing for young people at a time of unprecedented housing shortage.

“Our grant allocation is significantly above the rate that many other providers have received.  This is because of the innovative combination of housing, training facilities, and opportunities for employment in one of the social enterprises based at the site.”

Laurence Chilver, social enterprise director at YMCA Birmingham, added: “The grant is a great addition to The Orchard, enabling us to offer our residents necessary facilities to improve their employability and life skills.

“It is great that we can provide even more safe and secure housing for the community and improve our training facilities with the new kitchen that will be built.”

Last year, YMCA Birmingham registered as a housing association with the HCA, meaning that it is now able to receive HCA grant directly for the first time. However, the YMCA’s bid was submitted in partnership with WM Housing Group, which works on behalf of 10 local housing associations to draw down HCA grant. 

WM bid for a total of £9.3m to build or refurbish a total of 438 homes over the next three years and received the full amount that they bid for.

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