The Nationwide Foundation supports more affordable housing in the north-east

The Nationwide Foundation is delighted to announce that it has awarded 40,000 to turn empty properties into affordable homes in the north-east of England. The grant is being given to Changing Lives, a charity which supports people in need to access decent affordable homes. The new grant will enable four properties to be renovated in North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham, altogether creating homes for up to 10 people.

This grant is in addition to 127,500 which the Nationwide Foundation awarded to Changing Lives in December 2013. Using this original grant, Changing Lives has brought 15 empty properties into use as homes: of these, 13 are now tenanted by people who were experiencing housing need; and tenants are currently being identified for the last two properties.

The Nationwide Foundation has a vision for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home which they can afford. Its Decent Affordable Homes strategy includes a focus on bringing empty properties back into use as homes for people in need. The new funding to Changing Lives is one of the ways this is being achieved.

Leigh Pearce, the Nationwide Foundation's interim chief executive said: "Changing Lives has impressed us with its efficient model which turns empty properties into tenanted homes for people struggling to access decent affordable homes."

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