ForHousing completes first phase of £3.7m GM anti-homelessness scheme

Young people at risk of sleeping rough in Greater Manchester have begun to move into the first phase of a new £3.7 million housing scheme aimed at preventing homelessness.

ForHousing have completed its first homelessness prevention new build scheme at Haddon Road, Salford, consisting of 12 one-bedroom apartments.

The one-bedroom homes, aimed towards people at risk of having nowhere to live, are let at a low ‘sub-social’ rent – a rent below usual social housing levels – with all bills and wi-fi included in the cost.

Tenants at Haddon Road are also given their own support workers and help to access employment and training to move them back towards stability at home.

Colette McKune, chief executive of ForHousing’s parent company ForViva Group, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed the first tenants to begin their new lives at Haddon Road, particularly during such difficult times.

“Homelessness is a growing problem we all must strive to solve so that we can safeguard the health and wellbeing of people across our region.

“Having a stable place to live builds a strong foundation for people’s wellbeing, enabling them to stay safe, rebuild their lives and flourish.”

The Haddon Road site started being built in May 2019 and was developed by ForHousing in partnership with Salford City Council, with the local authority selecting people to move in based on their housing need.

The site is part of ForHousing’s wider plan to build 39 homes for those facing homelessness in Greater Manchester, as two other Salford sites – at Vicars Street and Somerset Road – are set to be finished this year.

ForHousing, which owns and manages over 24,000 homes across the North West, secured a £1.46 million grant from Homes England to put towards the Haddon Road scheme, which was designed by JDA Architects and built by Bridgestone Construction.

The scheme will boost Salford City Council’s aim of providing more affordable homes in the city, as 5,800 households were on the council’s housing register in April 2020.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, said: “Developments like this one at Haddon Road – a valuable scheme as part of a wider joined-up approach to tackling homeless and in particular rough sleeping across Greater Manchester – demonstrate a proactive solution to one of the biggest social challenges we face.

“It’s fantastic to see that people in Salford who were at risk of homelessness are beginning to move in to these homes. The securing of somewhere safe to live will no doubt enable residents to make a fresh start and I wish everyone at Haddon Road every success.”

The completion of the Haddon Road scheme comes as ForHousing has been working with local councils to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ‘progressive landlord’ has worked with councils in Salford, Oldham and Knowsley to make 133 void homes available during lockdown to allow homeless people and those living in one-room homes to practice social distancing.

Everyone who moves into the homes will either be offered a permanent tenancy or given support to find more appropriate long-term accommodation.

Photo: Chloe Fox, one of the new tenants at Haddon Road, Salford, where ForHousing has completed its first homelessness prevention new build scheme. Credit: ForHousing

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