HCA gives council £15m to tackle housing shortage
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Finance, Housing
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Hull City Council has been awarded over £15 million by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to tackle a shortage of housing stock in the city.
The affordable homes programme funding, totally £15,165,300, will be used to deliver 634 'affordable' rented homes through a number of projects across the city, the council says.
Schemes that will benefit from the funding include the council’s new build schemes on Preston Road and Orchard Park; Pickering and Ferens’ new build schemes on Hawthorn Avenue and Newbridge Road; the empty homes programme that aims to tackle 100 private sector empty properties in the city; and two sheltered housing re-modelling schemes at Cherry Hinton Court and Enfield Court.
Councillor John Black, portfolio holder for strategic and operational housing, said: “We are committed to providing high quality affordable housing for our residents and delighted with the success of this bid, which will help with the regeneration of our priority areas, bringing empty homes back into use and addressing a number of specific needs in the city.
“The regeneration of our city is high on our agenda and we are aware that these projects not only help meet housing need, but also provide valuable training and employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.”