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Faith in Housing

September 06 2013
Gelder: "severe and growing crisis" Gelder: "severe and growing crisis"
Charity calls for Christian landords to help young homeless people

 

A leading faith-based housing charity has called on Christian landlords across the UK to come forward to help develop housing for young homeless people across the country.

Housing Justice, a charity supporting church-based housing and homelessness projects in England and Wales, made the call as building work starting on its flagship new housing project in Gloucester.

The “ground-breaking” Faith in Affordable Housing project aims to provide nine one-bed flats for young homeless people in Gloucester. The project, being built on “under-utilised land” owned by the church, will also include a new vicarage and five new houses – including one three-bed house for ‘move-on’ accommodation.

There will be two more three-bed ‘affordable’ houses for sale, and two one-bed houses available for shared ownership.

The £1.7 million project is due to be finished by November this year, and has also created an opportunity for one local young person to undergo a three-year apprenticeship with Markey Construction, who are building the complex, and Gloucestershire College.

Alison Gelder, Housing Justice CEO, said: “Faith in Affordable Housing lies at the heart of Housing Justice’s drive to practically engage Churches and other Christian landlords to make land and/or bricks and mortar available for the development of affordable housing, as this can substantially contribute towards addressing the severe, and growing, housing crisis our country is facing.

“We appeal to Christian landlords, nationwide, to come forward, and find out how we can help them emulate this amazing project.”

Housing Justice was formed in April 2003 and works to support church-based housing and homelessness projects.

It aims to encourage and enable churches to use land and property for social housing projects in an attempt to address homelessness.

Find out more: housingjustice.org.uk

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