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Stephen Hetherington Methodist Action North West

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Methodist Action North West - Impact of EHCGP

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Stephen Hetherington Methodist Action North West

  1. 1. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY METHODIST ACTION NORTH WEST LTD SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY EHCGP London Event, 19th February 2015 Stephen Hetherington BA(Hons) DipArch MArch RIBA
  2. 2. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY Methodist Action North West Founded in 2011 as a development of a homeless shelter which had existed since 1982 in the basement of Central Methodist Church, Preston. We are dedicated to helping people who are struggling against homelessness, poverty, lack of opportunities and exclusion through a suite of mutually supportive, locally based projects. Last year’s statistics were:  Fox Street Community – accommodation & support for 68 homeless men  Floating Support & Outreach Support Teams – Support for over 220 single people and families to sustain their tenancies & live independently  A Place to Live - in partnership with the local authority, we housed 266 people in the private rented sector for those in the greatest housing need WHAT DO WE DO?  Portland Street – provided accommodation & support for 30 homeless men  No Second Night Out – provided emergency accommodation to 98 people  Cedar House Delivered free counselling & advice to 340 clients on low or no income  Blackpool Food Partnership – Distributed 2260 food parcels a forum for advice & support with Blackpool City Council  Empty Homes Project – restored over 100 properties and housed a minimum of 200 people through A Place to Live
  3. 3. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY Housing Provision e.g. A Place to Live Specialist Provision e.g. Fox Street Tenancy Support e.g. Outreach Advocacy & Consultancy e.g. Community Cohesion Training & Employment Finance & Debt Repairs & Adaptation e.g. Empty Homes Health & Wellbeing e.g. Cedar House HOW DO WE DO I T? STRUCTURE • Housing Provision at Core • ‘Key’ Services support the Core and each other • Services can vary to suit need or agenda • Housing provision has income potential • Services more likely to be grant funded
  4. 4. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS HOW DO WE DO I T? Housing Provision e.g. A Place to Live Specialist Provision e.g. Fox Street Tenancy Support e.g. Outreach Advocacy & Consultancy e.g. Church Work Training & Employment Finance & Debt Repairs & Adaptation e.g. Empty Homes Health & Wellbeing e.g. Cedar House PARTNERSHIPS • Themed services allow us to easily partner with others • Work can be - • Localised • Targeted • Flexible
  5. 5. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY THE EMPTY HOMES PROGRAMME EHCGP – granted £500,000 EPCGP – granted £750,000 The simple & flexible procedures have allowed us to –  Take a proactive approach to the problem  Respond in a flexible & strategic way to each property  Build our existing housing project to create affordable, high quality accommodation which encourages long term, sustainable tenancies  Build our relationships with Local Authorities, local businesses and the local community The Programme has allowed us to step in, where the 22 local RP’s did not, using Collaboration & Empowerment WHAT DI D WE DO?
  6. 6. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY • Property Investment • Financial Investment • Safety Checks • Building Works • Maintenance • Empty Homes • Housing Options • Technical Services • Finance Control • Property Services • Tenant Services • Support Services MANW Local Authority Building Owner Contractor THE EMPTY HOMES PROGRAMME - COLLABORATIONWHAT DI D WE DO?
  7. 7. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT DI D WE DO? THE EMPTY HOMES PROGRAMME – EMPOWERMENT There is no unique solution to the problem of empty homes – one size definitely does not fit all The Programme has allowed us to use & develop –  Contacts & Communication  Cooperation & Innovation  Funding & Sustainability The community basis for the Programme has ensured our success through the strength in local knowledge, local experiences, local priorities, local resources & local needs
  8. 8. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? E G AN STRE E T, PRE STON  4 x 1 bed & 3 x 2 bed flats  1 x 1 bed & 2 x 2 bed houses  9 years empty  £64,000 empty homes contribution  £142,000 owner contribution  LHA affordable rental rate
  9. 9. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? E G AN STRE E T, PRE STON
  10. 10. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? E G AN STRE E T, PRE STON
  11. 11. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? E G AN STRE E T, PRE STON
  12. 12. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY  1 x 1 bed & 14 x 2 bed houses  9 years empty  £148,000 empty homes contribution  £217,000 owner contribution  LHA affordable rental rate WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? CUN LI FFE STRE E T, PRE STON
  13. 13. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? CUN LI FFE STRE E T, PRE STON
  14. 14. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? CUN LI FFE STRE E T, PRE STON
  15. 15. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? CUN LI FFE STRE E T, PRE STON
  16. 16. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY WHAT HAVE WE DONE ? THE TE AM
  17. 17. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY  £500,000 GRANT  We aim to deliver 45 properties & 112 bedrooms  Agreed delivery was 44 properties and 110 bedrooms  Our Value for Money figure is £446 against the DCLG National Average maximum expectation of £1,100  £750,000 GRANT  We aim to deliver 62 properties and 105 bedrooms  Agreed delivery was 38 properties and 105 bedrooms  Our Value for Money figure is £613 for residential and £874 for commercial against the DCLG National Average maximum expectation of £1,100 and £1,300 respectively  ADDITIONAL BENEFITS  Environmental improvements & community benefits  £455,000 of private investment into the local economy  Employment opportunities for local businesses  KEY OBJECTIVE FOR METHODIST ACTION NW  By the programme end we will have housed at least 217 people across Preston, South Ribble & Lancaster, who would otherwise be without an affordable home HOW DI D WE DO?
  18. 18. SEIZING NEW OPPORTUNITIES – GROWING A SOCIAL LETTINGS AGENCY THAN K Y OU….. Places need people to live in them and people need A Place to Live… Contact details Stephen Hetherington – Chief Operating Officer T: 01772 751000 E: stephen.hetherington@methodistaction.co.uk

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