Emmaus Coventry and
Warwickshire
Vicki Urch
Director
vickiurch@emmauscoventry.org.uk
About Emmaus Coventry and
Warwickshire
• Provide accommodation and work to
previously homeless adults in a supportive
envi...
The Money
•Joint bid with other Emmaus
Communities
•Bid to provide additional 8 – 10
rooms
•Awarded £30,000 to lease and
r...
Property search
• Presented at Landlords forum with support
from Coventry City Council
• Worked with empty homes officer t...
The problems
The winner
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Landlord contacted us
Viewed with low expectations
4 storey property with flat on each floor
No major w...
Problems
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Managing architects and contractors difficult
Keeping them on site and working to schedule
Understanding the VAT ...
Solutions
• Able to move an unspent budget from
another Emmaus project into the Coventry
budget (£15,000)
• Negotiated wit...
What have we achieved
Where Are We Now?
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Staff flat occupied
First four residents moved in
Temporary HIMO licence granted
Still some dec...
Highs and lows
• One large property
• Relationship with
landlord
• Relationship with local
authority
• Able to meet our 5 ...
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  1. 1. Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire Vicki Urch Director vickiurch@emmauscoventry.org.uk
  2. 2. About Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire • Provide accommodation and work to previously homeless adults in a supportive environment • At time of bid providing 15 rooms in main Community • Rent a house providing an additional 3 rooms • Provide staff accommodation for two staff members
  3. 3. The Money •Joint bid with other Emmaus Communities •Bid to provide additional 8 – 10 rooms •Awarded £30,000 to lease and refurbish up to 3 properties providing 7 – 10 rooms •Given very short time frame (completion June 2013) •Had to have ten year lease •Delay in the process meant even shorter time frame
  4. 4. Property search • Presented at Landlords forum with support from Coventry City Council • Worked with empty homes officer to identify eligible properties • Leg work
  5. 5. The problems
  6. 6. The winner
  7. 7. • • • • • • • • • Landlord contacted us Viewed with low expectations 4 storey property with flat on each floor No major works Been empty for over 2 years Survey Lease negotiations Donation from Landlord Lease signed January
  8. 8. Problems
  9. 9. • • • • Managing architects and contractors difficult Keeping them on site and working to schedule Understanding the VAT position The budget far exceeded the original £30,000 grant (£53,000) • Time • Work ability of our residents • Amount of staff time used
  10. 10. Solutions • Able to move an unspent budget from another Emmaus project into the Coventry budget (£15,000) • Negotiated with the landlord who donated £8000 towards non structural items • Negotiated good prices with contactors (floor coverings throughout £2,800) • Kept contractors on schedule – saying late delivery would prevent access to funds to pay
  11. 11. What have we achieved
  12. 12. Where Are We Now? • • • • Staff flat occupied First four residents moved in Temporary HIMO licence granted Still some decorating and superficial works to complete • Despite the short time frame works will completed on time and on schedule
  13. 13. Highs and lows • One large property • Relationship with landlord • Relationship with local authority • Able to meet our 5 year expansion plan • Committed staff team • Negotiation skills • Delay in initial funding decision • Time to find property • Getting information on VAT issue • Expectations on what can be achieved with limited funding • Time frame, staff have worked tirelessly to complete

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