Tag Archives: Dagenham

HACT Dagenham Volunteers 2012

The morning is crisp when activity starts on Broad Street in Dagenham. I’m visiting one of Habitat for Humanity’s projects; the renovation of a building that has been abandoned more than ten years ago. Volunteers arrive to help turn this empty building into housing again, which will provide a home for three families in housing need. The building on Broad Street, less than a mile away from the Ford site, has been lying empty for years. Many other properties in the area are in a similar situation.  Now, a large banner outside of the properties announces that 301 volunteers have been working on renovating these houses. A large container filled with building waste is parked outside. The construction noises can be heard throughout the street. Energetic people wearing yellow jackets and safety shoes are walking in and out, commanded by Tony, the cheerful construction manager. Apart from creating local housing solutions, Habitat for Humanity is bringing energy back to the streets in neighbourhoods like Dagenham. It is this vigorous investment that is...

£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...