Start on site for £3.7m homeless support scheme

Developer ForHousing is due to begin work this week on a project at Haddon Road in Salford, being built for tenants at risk of becoming homeless.

A sod-cutting event will take place this week with Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett.

The one-bedroom self-contained apartments will be built on three former garage sites in Eccles, and will include up to 39 homes.

Planning approval has been secured at one of the sites, Haddon Road, where work is getting under way. Two other plots on Vicars Street and Somerset Road are awaiting approval.

The homes are being built by landlord ForHousing and will be let at a low cost sub-social rent, inclusive of all associated utility bills and service charges.

More than 5,500 people are homeless across Greater Manchester and more than 1,000 are homeless in Salford.

Dennett said: “There is a huge shortage of affordable housing, in particular one-bedroom properties which are so desperately needed.

“These new homes will go a long way to helping people get a roof over their heads. Providing more affordable homes for people to live in continues to be one of my top priorities.”

ForHousing provides support to each tenant for two years to link them into employment and training opportunities, and long-term accommodation.

The landlord owns and manages more than 24,000 homes across the North West.

The development was designed by JDA Architects and will be built by Bridgestone Construction. A grant of £1.46m from Homes England will go towards the scheme.

The first site is scheduled for completion in spring 2020, with the other two sites completing in summer 2020.

Sutcliffe provided civil and structural engineering and ground investigation works.

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