Housing association secures Bristol flats to house the homeless
- 02 Oct
A housing association and charity in Bristol have teamed together to help young people and care leavers who are homeless.
Merlin Housing Society is buying numerous one-bedroom flats across Bristol to lease to the charity 1625 Independent People, reports 24dash.
Using a £200,000 grant from Bristol City Council's capital programme, which is aimed at increasing the number of smaller properties available to people with vulnerabilities, Merlin will purchase the flats.
Merlin's head of development, Michelle Thomas, said: "We're delighted to be working with 1625 Independent People on this project, and increase the number of affordable homes we own in Bristol. The work it does with young people is fantastic and we're proud to be part of it."
1625 Independent People's CEO, Dom Wood, said: "This is a very exciting partnership that will achieve quality homes and support for some of the most excluded young people in Bristol. I hope that this is the start of an excellent partnership on schemes between us and Merlin going into the future."
1625 Independent People will manage the flats under a 10-year lease from Merlin and support those living in them to gain independence skills and be on the right track to reach their potential.
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Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 The Social and Financial return seminar was very helpful, helped me think about our approach to bidding, negotiating for funding and keeping hold of what we have! The New Technology seminar was really an eye opener- really got me thinking about potential applications for older people. P.M - Four Housing