£2.7m affordable housing for older people launched in Sunderland

THE Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Home Association (DAMHA) has built a new affordable housing scheme in Sunderland – its first for 24 years.

The 19 two-bedroom bungalows on the site, located on Abbey Drive in the town of Houghton-le-Spring, have all been let to older people who live locally.

The affordable housing scheme is DAMHA’s 12th in the Sunderland City Council region but its first in the area for almost a quarter of a century.

Homes England contributed £608,000 to the cost of the scheme, which cost £2.7 million in total to build.

DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis said: added: “We’re delighted to have been able to return to the Sunderland to build 19 amazing new homes in Houghton-le-Spring, bringing the total number of properties we provide for older people in the area to 185. 

“Like most areas, there is a real lack of affordable, high quality two-bedroom bungalows in Houghton-le-Spring, so working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Homes England, we’re pleased to have been able to deliver this important scheme. 

“It provides homes for life for the residents and we will continue to explore opportunities to develop further sustainable and affordable accommodation in the area in the future.”

The scheme, designed by Lumsdon Wood Partnership, is designed to give security to residents, with gable bay windows overlooking footpaths and landscaping to give the site a ‘green’ feel.

Each bungalow has its own private garden and dedicated parking bay while also having access to areas of shared leisure space.

The homes can all be adapted to residents’ changing needs, giving them the opportunity to continue living independently for as long as possible.

Karen Anderson, from Homes England, said: “It’s great to see DAMHA building good quality, accessible homes for our ageing population. 

“Homes England is keen to work with partners to build homes where they are needed and that can make such a positive difference to peoples’ lives.”

DAMHA is the North East’s longest established provider of retirement homes, dating back to 1898, and is the country’s largest almshouse charity.

The charity currently has around 1,700 homes providing retirement housing for over 2,000 people in the North East, along with sheltered accommodation and leasehold schemes for the elderly.

Image credit – DAMHA

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