New 1m development helps flood victims

January 6th, 2016 in Home Group News

A new development designed to house armed forces veterans has become temporary homes to flood victims.

Affordable housing provider Home Group has recently completed a £1.3m development in Cumbria which has been specifically designed to accommodate former members of the armed forces.

The service, which will also provide residents with support in life skills, will officially open early next year and Home Group is currently working with partners to identify those who will benefit most from the care and support on offer.

Until then the complex in Maryport, which comprises 10 self-contained flats and three, two bedroom houses is being used to re-house families which were affected by flooding caused by Storm Desmond.

Graham Darby, Home Group assistant director of customer services, said: “Storm Desmond devastated thousands of families in Cumbria and our customers were among those affected.

“We worked hard at the time to help them and we’re continuing to help them by paying for alternative accommodation such as hotels in the short term and securing alternative properties for those worst hit while their homes are repaired.

“Completing our Veteran’s service in Maryport has meant we’ve been able to provide homes for seven families who were flooded and may take some time returning to their homes.”

The complex was built on the site of Home Group’s former depot in Ennerdale Road with support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Cumbria County Council.

The Veteran’s service will focus on helping younger veterans who need help learning independent living skills, finding employment and permanent accommodation.

Tracy Bradburn, Home Group business contract manager, said: “The service is open to Veterans but as we are identifying former service people who would be able to live in the service it’s common sense for us to open up the flats to those who need them due to Storm Desmond. We’ll continue to work with our partners to identify former service people who would benefit from the scheme.”

If anyone knows of a former service person who might want to live in the development they can get more information by e-mailing: tracy.bradburn@homegroup.org.uk