25 million pound Government funding to restore 2,000 empty houses

Posted: 12/07/2012

The Government has awarded £25.1 million worth of funding to community groups around the country who want to restore more than 2,000 empty houses back to a liveable standard. Andrew Stunell, the Communities Minister announced the winners who will share the funding for their projects after successfully applying.

One of the communities that had a successful application was Newark and Sherwood Homes who applied for a £50,000 grant to purchase and restore four empty properties back to liveable condition. The properties include a mix between two and three bedroom houses and bungalows which will house 20 people.

Other successful projects include a scheme in Leeds which will provide housing for homeless people, a project in Stoke to refurbish terrace housing, a scheme in London by Southwark Habitat for Humanity aimed at restoring homes for local people, the YMCA have seven schemes aimed to restore houses for families and a project to renovate properties and provide a safe haven for women at risk of domestic violence.

The Government have an extra £5 million available for a further 20 organisations who are bidding for the grant. Andrew Stunell has stated that ‘Empty properties are a national disgrace’ because of the shocking amount of families who desperately need a home.

According to George Clarke, an Independent empty homes advisor, ‘there are thousands of perfectly sound properties currently standing empty all over the UK.’

Do you have empty properties in your local area that could be restored?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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