Housing scheme to help Hartlepool's most vulnerable people ready for roll-out

A housing project designed to support some of the most vulnerable people in society, including those severely affected by Covid-19, is being rolled out in Hartlepool.

By Nic Marko
Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 2:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 3:25 pm
Buildings in Greenwood Road are among those approved for the flats plans.
Buildings in Greenwood Road are among those approved for the flats plans.

Integrated housing and care provider Home Group, in partnership with the Hartlepool Borough Council, is to provide flats for those in need as part of the Government’s ‘Move On’ scheme.

The flats, which will be located across the Clarence Road and West View estates, will offer ‘safe and affordable’ places to live for Hartlepool residents who need wider support than most.

It comes after plans were recently approved for the final house, in Miers Avenue, to be converted into two flats as part of the scheme.

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Last year 24 similar applications were approved as part of the scheme, with 10 going before the council planning committee for approval due to concerns from residents, and 14 approved under delegated powers.

In total 49 one and two bedroom flats will be provided by Home Group, at properties that were previous empty houses.

The group will also deliver a wide range of support to residents including financial advice and help securing benefits they’re entitled to.

Stephen Hatfield, senior client services manager at Home Group, said: “This is a really important project as it offers direct and immediate help for local people in crisis.

“The flats will be located throughout Hartlepool and provide a comfortable place for people in real need of somewhere to live, whether that’s because their current home isn’t safe or as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

“We have a long track record of supporting people across the country and integrating them back into communities.

“Having worked in Hartlepool for over 30 years, we’re delighted to be part of this project to help more people find the right homes and regain their independence.”

Plans are also in place for a ‘hub’ to be created to aid residents, and help provide pastoral support to enable them to become a ‘real asset’ to the community.

Those housed as part of the scheme will include people who’ve been made homeless, suffered relationship breakdowns, are fleeing domestic violence, people with mental health needs or recovering from substance abuse, as well as young people leaving home or care.

Councillor Shane Moore, Hartlepool Borough Council leader, said Home Group has a good track record for providing support and are well placed to work in partnership with the council.

He said: “As a local authority, we have a statutory duty to prevent and relieve homelessness and helping vulnerable people in Hartlepool is our priority.

“People experience homelessness for many reasons, and it is crucial that we support them to secure accommodation.

“Working in partnership with Home Group, we hope to see their newly converted one and two bedroom properties directly helping Hartlepool people.”

Anyone can refer into the service by contacting Home Group, including health professionals, support workers or voluntary sector services. Hartlepool residents can also refer themselves, a friend or family member.

For more details about the Move On properties email [email protected] or call 0345 141 4663.

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