An empty home has been given a new lease of life thanks to a link-up between North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) and a charity that supports the homeless.
The house in Measham was one of a number of privately owned homes recorded as ‘long term empty’ in the district, until NWLDC got involved to bring it back into use.
NWLDC’s Empty Homes Officer works to identify the long term unoccupied properties in the area before trying to contact and support owners, in advising them on how they can bring the properties back into use.
In this case the result saw Loughborough-based Falcon Support Services begin a tenancy in the previously run down empty property, which they will use to give vulnerable homeless people a place to stay.
Falcon Support Services provides 70 supported accommodation bed spaces across Leicestershire to those that are homeless, along with running community support projects. The Measham property is the first they’ve occupied in North West Leicestershire.
Rachel Hall, Service Development Manager at Falcon Support Services, said: “Working with NWLDC has been a great experience and it has been a privilege to work alongside the Empty Homes team, to not only bring a long term empty home back into use, but to use it for the benefit of the local community in housing those that are homeless.
“The positive results that can be brought about by meeting a housing need and providing support to vulnerable people are extensive and we hope to continue expanding our services so we can reach more people and make a long lasting difference to them and their community.”
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “There is a real need for housing across the whole country, including North West Leicestershire.
“There are a number of exciting house-building projects going on around the district, but it is incredibly important that we also make use of the properties that are derelict or empty. We have a number of families looking to rent in the district, and bringing long term empty homes into use offers solutions.
“It is particularly fantastic that in this instance a charity will use this property for the benefit of the homeless.”
To speak to the council’s Empty Homes Officer to discuss ideas for bringing a long term empty home back into occupation, call 01530 454864.