Empty housing to become homes for young people

  • A new project is being launched to help bring empty properties back into use for young people in Manchester.

    The First Key project is a partnership between Manchester City Council, the charity The Manchester Settlement, Mosscare Housing Group and architects Bernard Taylor Partnership, reports 24dash./images/briefing/home.jpg

    Currently nine empty homes are being refurbished to for the use of young people to take on their first tenancies.

    Investment came from The Manchester Settlement and Mosscare Housing as well as empty homes funding through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

    The council will identify young people in need of housing and they will be supported through their tenancies by The Manchester Settlement and Mosscare.

    The renovation project will deliver six three-bedroom properties and a further three properties with four bedrooms in east Manchester, using local labour to support local employment, along with opportunities for young people to gain vital work experience and construction skills.

    Jeff Smith, Manchester City Council's executive member for housing and regeneration, said: "For young people that first tenancy can be a daunting hurdle but with help from the city council and Manchester Settlement they should have a really positive start to their experience."

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