An innovative scheme to turn derelict properties into refurbished homes is be relaunched.
Redcar and Cleveland Council’s successful Empty Homes to Happy Homes project to convert empty properties to homes for vulnerable people previously operated from 2010 and 2016.
Now the local authority and voluntary sector partners are to relaunch the scheme.
The plan is to provide more affordable homes for the homeless, young people leaving care, those escaping domestic abuse, recovering addicts and people struggling with debt.
The idea is to focus on properties purchased by partner agencies which have been empty for at least six months and have the potential to be renovated for rent at rates affordable to people in the target groups.
Up to £25,000 will be provided to property owners but half the money, up to £12,500, will be a loan that must be paid back to the authority.
The move follows consultation between the council, Beyond Housing and other voluntary and community sector partners including the Ethical Lettings Agency, youth support services and mental health, domestic abuse and homelessness charities.
The last time the scheme was operational a total of 104 empty properties were turned into self-contained flats, family homes and bungalows.
A report to the cabinet committee said: “The proposed model is designed to bring more empty properties back into use, developing affordable and sustainable homes for vulnerable people.”
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