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Gordon Road Homes, Peckham – Retrospective

The charity was founded on this project in 1996, and it's worth us looking back to see what we have learned from our experience. 16 three-bed homes were built over 3 phases with the final block in Habitat Close completed in 2005. As well as benefitting from corporate volunteering, all the homes were built using the traditional Habitat for Humanity model of ‘sweat equity’ – the future owners gave 500 hours of their own time to invest into the project. This ‘sweat equity’ approach builds community whilst the development is taking place and the benefits of this for the longer term have been evident there. As HFH Homes have administered the interest-free mortgages, we have had an ongoing relationship with the community and seen some significant outcomes including:
  • A stronger sense of community and neighbourhood cohesion
  • Better maintenance and care of property and environment
  • Sense of ‘ownership’ and longer-term stability for the development
  • Affordable solution for lower-income families
  • ‘A hand-up rather than a hand-out’ – all the families have been able...

Completion of Kings Grove, Peckham

On the 26th November we celebrated the opening of the new refurbished flats with 70 guests, a mixture of government officials, corporate supporters, community volunteers and partner charities, all with a connection to the project. 61 KG_XDB3645_600x400 We were privileged to have  Stephen Williams MP (pictured above), the minister in charge of Empty Homes at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) along on his first public engagement in his new role. He was really impressed by the wide community engagement the project has achieved, with over 400 volunteers spending time on site assisting with the 8 month build (starting in April 2013). David Ireland from the charity Empty Homes also came and added his support as the event took place during National Empty Homes week 2013. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our supporters and volunteers who have worked hard on this site, including...

£566k Grant for Empty Homes Programme

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.”  
Current Projects:
  • Refurbishment of three empty homes in Dagenham.
  • Renovating...
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