Homes create new possibilities for people facing homelessness

People from across Salford who were facing life on the streets have been able to move into new homes thanks to a housing scheme aimed at tackling homelessness.

Progressive landlord ForHousing has completed work on its development of 15 one-bedroom apartments at Somerset Road. The homes are for people who need an opportunity to rebuild their lives after finding themselves with nowhere to live and are let at a low-cost sub-social rent.

The Somerset Road scheme is part of a wider £3.9m project that will eventually see ForHousing build 39 homes for people facing homelessness in Salford.

Earlier this year the landlord handed over the keys to tenants on a similar development in Haddon Road. Work on a 12 more homes at Vicars Street is set to be completed later this year.

The homes are furnished, and the low rent includes all bills and wifi. Every tenant is allocated a dedicated support worker and provided with support to link them into employment and training and enable them to access new opportunities and a pathway to a better life.

ForHousing has worked closely with Salford City Council on the development, with the local authority helping to select people in the most need to move into the homes.

The homes are already creating new possibilities for Salford tenants with 28-year-old Chelsea amongst the first to move in.

Chelsea had a troubled childhood, with problems starting when her parents ended their relationship. Throughout her school years, she struggled with behavioral problems and a lack of focus which got worse the older she got.

She had been involved with the police, psychologists and crisis teams, until she was finally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD.

Chelsea had been staying with her dad and step-mum, but this wasn’t a long-term option for her. She’d been waiting for two years to be allocated a home, so when she got a call from ForHousing offering her a flat at Somerset Road she was overjoyed.

Now Chelsea is receiving support to manage her tenancy and can plan for her future.

“I was really excited and happy when I found out I was going to have my own flat. Everything has turned itself around” she said.

“I’m going to be more mature and independent now. I want to do well and chase my dreams. I just need a bit of help then I’ll fly away and do what I’m meant to be doing in life.”

ForHousing owns and manages more than 24,000 homes across the North West.

Colette McKune, Group Chief Executive at ForHousing, said: “Having a stable place to live builds a strong foundation for people’s wellbeing, enabling them to stay safe, rebuild their lives and flourish.

“We are delighted to be working with Salford City Council and other partners on this scheme at Somerset Road which will improve lives for people across Salford.”

Deputy City Mayor and lead member for housing, Councillor Tracy Kelly said: “It is wonderful to see Chelsea settled in her own home and I wish her every success with her ambitions.

“These kind of schemes, which provide extra support and offer affordable homes, are very much needed and I’m proud to see them in Salford.”

ForHousing secured a grant of £1.46m from Homes England towards the schemes, which was designed by JDA Architects and built by Bridgestone Construction.