Habitat for Humanity has established good working relationships with a number of local authorities and believe that this approach is important to deliver innovative housing projects and programmes. The local knowledge and expertise that is available through this partnership enables us to tailor projects so they meet local need.
Working with Cherwell District Council is a recent example of this where in February 2012 we completed a 10-flat development in Banbury. This project involved on-site training for 18 young people who were not in education, employment during the build. This multi-faceted partnership with the District Council, Sanctuary Housing Association and the local college enabled us to develop a training scheme from which over 80% of the young people moved onto apprenticeships, further education or paid employment and the project won a 2012 ‘Local Government Chronicle Award for Innovation’.
Our work in refurbishing empty homes is also heavily dependent on cooperation with strategic housing and empty property teams in local authorities. We are in regular contact with officers to follow-up on leads where private owners need help to bring long-term empty homes back into use. Our scheme provides the local authority with a more positive alternative to offer the owner than tougher measures and enforcement approaches.
Local authorities that we have worked with to date include:
- London Borough of Southwark
- London Borough of Bromley
- London Borough of Lewisham
- London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
- Cherwell District Council
Contact us online or call David Clare (Business Development Manager) on 020 7732 0066 to find out about our forthcoming projects and how your company can get involved.