Disused property to house homeless veterans under new project in Hartlepool - here's how you can help get it ready

A new project has launched in Hartlepool to put a roof over the head of homeless armed forces veterans and others on the streets.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 11:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 11:52 am

Community interest company Positive Helpful Outcomes North East has been established by former servicemen and women and volunteers to support veterans and homeless people across the region.

For the initiative called Brick by Brick, they have been provided with a two-bedroom house in Hartlepool that will provide a home to those in need for between two and three years.

A wide range of wrap around support will also be provided from a host of local partner agencies.

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Hartlepool Armed Forces and Veterans breakfast club members (left to right) Lisa Alexander, Jaime Horton and Rob Taylor outside of a house in West View Road that they are renovating with the organisation Positive Helpful Outcome. Picture by FRANK REID

Project leaders have launched a crowd funding appeal to help with renovation of the house in West View Road which is already underway.

One of the project directors Jaime Horton, who served in the Army, said: “We’re in the process of renovating the house to utilise for veterans and their families and also street homeless people.

"It has been empty for six or seven years and was getting continually ransacked. The owner just lost heart in it but has very kindly offered it to us for the project.

"I have rehomed 22 homeless people since February last year so it is very much needed.”

Hartlepool Armed Forces and Veterans breakfast club member Jamie Horton. Picture by FRANK REID

And in January 2021 she helped arrange emergency accommodation for another man who had been sleeping rough after he came to the attention of local doctor Paul Williams.

The intention is to provide a home for service veterans and their family for up to three years, and street homeless people two years, while they find permanent accommodation.

Positive Helpful Outcomes will also work with organisations such as Mind, SAFFA, the British Legion and more for support with finances, health and wellbeing.

Hartlepool Armed Forces and Veterans breakfast club member Rob Taylor. Picture by FRANK REID

Jaime said the house was a shell and it needs a new kitchen, bathroom, central heating system and replastering.

Work on the electrics has begun, while a new roof has been put on and asbestos removed from the property.

Any tradespeople who can lend a hand are urged to contact Jaime on 07931 242950 or email [email protected]

Donations can also be made at the Brick by Brick project page at www.gofundme.com

Hartlepool Armed Forces and Veterans breakfast club member Lisa Alexander. Picture by FRANK REID

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A house in West View Road that is being renovated by Positive Helpful Outcome. Picture by FRANK REID