500,000 of new grants for empty homes

The Nationwide Foundation funds five organisations helping to house people in need

500,000 is being injected into empty homes to support properties being brought back into use for people in need. The grant funding has come from the Nationwide Foundation and is part of its new Decent, Affordable Homes strategy. Five UK projects have been selected to receive support from the Nationwide Foundation. They are:

Once completed, the properties will be occupied by people in housing need or those experiencing homelessness who would otherwise struggle to access decent, affordable housing. They include care-leavers, people overcoming addiction and young parents. The projects include training or apprenticeship aspects to enable people with few or no qualifications develop new skills.

Two further UK projects are under consideration which would bring the Nationwide Foundation's total investment to 725,000.

The Nationwide Foundation's vision is for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home which they can afford. In addition to its commitment to bringing empty properties back into use for people in need, the Nationwide Foundation has two other intended outcomes of its work. These are to improve the living conditions of vulnerable tenants in the private rented sector and to enable alternative, scalable housing models to provide more affordable homes.

Lisa Suchet, Nationwide Foundation chief executive says: "That the UK has so many empty properties which could be used as homes, whilst there is a severe housing shortage is simply unacceptable. We have therefore identified organisations which share our passion for bringing empty properties back into use for people in housing need. The Nationwide Foundation aims to break down barriers to the creation of homes and tackling the empty homes crisis is one of our strategic interventions for doing this."

David Ireland, chief executive of Empty Homes says: "The significance and impact of community initiatives working on street-level regeneration can't be underestimated in the approach to tackling the UK's empty homes problem. Therefore I'm delighted to see the investment which the Nationwide Foundation has made enabling fantastic projects to go ahead."

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