PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release: 13 July 2012 Southwark Habitat for Humanity, a charity with a social remit to build and refurbish homes, has been awarded a £566,000 grant to provide 35 affordable homes in London and Banbury over the next three years. The grant was awarded by the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG), as part of the current government’s Affordable Homes Programme, to reduce the number of long term empty homes by 3300 by April 2015. Established in 1996, Southwark Habitat for Humanity has a unique partnership model to build and refurbish properties using volunteers from the local community and corporate partners with opportunities for construction trainees to be involved on a live building site. Gareth Hepworth, Chief Executive Officer said: “The refurbishment of empty property allows all concerned to achieve a positive outcome. Families get the housing they desperately need, an eyesore in the community is bought back to life and society uses its scarce housing resources to the full.”
- Refurbishment of three empty homes in Dagenham.