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new community-led housing approved for Huyton Community

03 February 2021

new community-led housing approved for Huyton Community

unique development of six, new two-bedroom bungalows is underway in Huyton in LiverpoolWhat makes it special is that it is being developed by a local housing co-operative for its members. Once complete, it will provide new affordable homes for members of The Huyton Community Co-operative For The Elderleya community-led provider of sheltered housing for the over 60s 

 

Brian O’Hare the Co-operative’s Chairman said: “Our Co-operative was formed in 1984 and we currently have 58 homes across two sites. This new development is a major step forward for the Co-operative, following a lot of hard work by our members and management committee, and will help us meet the growing demand for accommodation for the over 60s in the area.”   

 

The project has received grant funding from Homes England, with successful bids through the Community Housing Fund and the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme. The Co-operative is being supported by it’s managing agent, North West Housing Services and Irwell Valley Homes, a North West housing provider, who are project managing the build. 

 

Sasha Deepwell CEO of Irwell Valley Homes said: “Now more than ever, people need a quality, affordable home. With a severe lack of homes for people in need, community-led housing offers a real opportunity for people to come together to benefit from supportive and secure homes.  It’s no surprise then, that housing cooperatives are growing - building new homes and welcoming new members, and new co-operatives are setting up, as people look to find their own solutions to access affordable housing in their community. We are proud to be supporting community-led housing groups across Liverpool and Greater Manchester to help then realise their aspirations for their members.”  

 

Liverpool City Region has a strong history of local people setting up their own community-led housing projects, especially housing co-operatives. Today there are more than 30 housing co-operatives that are managed, either entirely, or mainly, by their tenants across Merseyside.  

For more information about community-led housing www.communityledhomes.org.uk 

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