Keelman Homes secures additional Empty Homes Grant.
Keelman Homes has secured an additional Empty Homes Grant from the Homes and Communities
The additional £400,000 has enabled the Keelman Homes Empty Homes Purchase and Repair Programme 2015-18 to double the number of empty homes which will be brought back into use in Gateshead.
The original programme included 20 units after initially securing £396,000 of grant funding. The new expanded programme is for 40 units based on the new total of £796,000 of grant funding.
The programme will bring approximately £2.8m of housing investment into Gateshead by March 2018, and provide a range of affordable-rent properties to people registered on the Housing Register.
All properties in the programme are acquired by Keelman Homes, refurbished to a high standard, then let at affordable rates and managed by The Gateshead Housing Company.
Amanda Gallagher, Development and Investment Manager for Keelman Homes, said: “This additional funding has meant we can double the number of properties that we can invest in which is great news for housing in Gateshead.
“We hope the programme makes a positive difference to local communities.”