HOUSING MINISTER OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW-LOOK HOMES FOR OLDER PEOPLE - with video
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Housing Hartlepool has hosted the first visit to the North East by the Rt Hon John Healey MP since he was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning.
The Minister was invited to take come along to celebrate five years of achievements by Housing Hartlepool.
The visit saw Mr Healey visiting Housing Hartlepool’s Albany Court sheltered housing where £3.2 million is being invested in improving the 26-year-old building to bring it up to modern standards.
Mr Healey unveiled a plaque commemorating the completion of the first phase of Albany Court’s refurbishment, toured some of the new-look flats and chatted with residents.
The existing bedsits are being converted into two bedroom apartments and kitted out with fully fitted kitchens and modern bathrooms. With the support of the Homes and Communities Agency new apartments have also been built, designed with state-of-the-art facilities for residents with disabilities.
The Albany Court revamp, due to be completed by November, has incorporated low-carbon green features including air source heat pumps, solar panels and low energy light fittings, ventilation heat recovery units, and a rainwater harvesting system in the development.
Mr Healey said: “The work that is being carried out by Housing Hartlepool is impressive and it is good to see first-hand how Government funding has helped transform Albany Court.
“It’s essential that people have access to good quality homes which they can afford. That is why this Government is working closely with local authorities and housing associations such as Housing Hartlepool, to ensure the needs of the local community are met.”
Catherine Purdy, Housing Hartlepool Chief Executive, said: “Housing Hartlepool is proud to be involved in the new Housing Minister’s first visit to the North East.
“Housing Hartlepool, in conjunction with its partner agencies, has forged a solid track record and reputation for top quality development projects.
“Where people live is fundamental to quality of life. With refurbished homes, which are economical to run, and fitted out to the highest standards – we are contributing to the regeneration of the town.”
The Minister concluded his visit by giving a key note speech at a celebration of five years of achievement by Housing Hartlepool. Held at the Maritime Experience, this event coincided with Housing Hartlepool’s Annual General Meeting.
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Notes to editors: Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
Housing Minister John Healey with Albany Court resident Madge Watson