THANKS to a new partnership project, new homes are to be made available in Audenshaw for people facing homelessness.
A total of 13 new, self-contained apartments will be made available later this year, thanks to plans from Stepping Stone Projects (SSP) and Cornerstone Place to regenerate a large Victorian villa.
Under the plans, social enterprise Cornerstone Place has purchased and will now carry out work to refurbish the building, with Greater Manchester-based homelessness charity SSP then taking over its running and using the homes to provide vital services to local people.
Cornerstone Place works with charity clients such as SSP to source the properties, arrange funding and manage builds so they can be used for essential community needs.
Work is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Once finished, SSP will work with Ashton Pioneer Homes, who will ensure property and service standards, and Tameside Council to provide homes and important support services. Among these will be access to training and employment help to support residents who would otherwise be facing life on the streets.
Dave Smith, chief executive of Stepping Stone Projects, said:
“With homelessness expected to increase in the coming months as the furlough scheme closes and the ban on evictions comes to an end, it’s vital that housing providers, charities and other support services work together to provide much-needed solutions.”
Cornerstone Place co-founder David Ball explained:
“Our model is unique in that it brings buildings and funding to charities, develops the buildings, then gradually shifts the ownership to the charity. We are thrilled to be working with SSP and APH on this project.”