During 2013 Housing for Women has been working closely with the charity Habitat for Humanity who specialise in turning empty properties into affordable family homes. Habitat for Humanity have been working hard over the last 9 months on a property in Peckham, which we are pleased to announce is providing homes for two families that have been supported by Housing for Women. On the 26th November we celebrated the opening of the new refurbished flats with 70 guests, a mixture of government officials, corporate supporters, community volunteers and partner charities, all with a connection to the project.
We were privileged to have Stephen Williams MP (pictured above), the minister in charge of Empty Homes at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) along on his first public engagement in his new role. He was really impressed by the wide community engagement the project has achieved, with over 400 volunteers spending time on site assisting with the 8 month build (starting in April 2013). David Ireland from the charity Empty Homes also came and added his support as the event took place during National Empty Homes week 2013.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Habitat for Humanity who have done an incredible job bringing this derelict property back into use and creating modern, spacious, well designed homes for two families in urgent need of affordable quality housing.
To read more about the incredible work carried out by Habitat for Humanity in the UK and abroad please visit their website at http://www.habitatforhumanity.org.uk/
Please see below for some photos of the finished homes…