The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has awarded £4.6 million to support new developments across local communities in West Salford, paving the way for new job in the construction industry.
The money is part of a £220 million country-wide package, announced by the Government last week, to build new affordable homes across the country.
City West Housing Trust, which has 14,600 homes in Salford, will use the funding boost to continue its ongoing regeneration of local areas. The investment will also allow City West to expand the scope and ambition of future house building schemes.
The £4.6 million total includes a £1.4 million discretionary award from the Government’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, to meet the needs of older people and adults with disabilities.
City West will use this funding to deliver 66 accommodation units at Amblecote Gardens, its flagship extra care scheme in Little Hulton, which has commenced construction.
Colette McKune, Deputy Chief Executive of City West Housing Trust said: “This is fantastic news for families, couples and individuals in Salford who are seeking an affordable, good quality home.
“This funding boost from the Homes and Communities Agency means we can expand the scope of some of our current affordable housing projects, as well as being even more ambitious with new projects we have in the pipeline. We are delighted to be able to now invest even more in helping to regenerate Salford.
“Our philosophy has always been to work closely with local people in planning new housing initiatives – and we will continue to do that as these exciting projects take shape.”
Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director for the North West at the HCA, said: “The confirmation of this funding is great news for local residents, as it will ensure that there is a good choice of housing for people where they want to live, in homes that they can afford. This will make a real difference to the local community.”
Announcing the Government’s funding package on July 24, Housing Minister Mark Prisk said: “I am pleased to announce the first wave of allocations through this programme with £220 million government funding to help deliver almost 14,000 new homes.
“Today’s funding allocations will enable organisations across the country to hit the ground running and play their vital role in getting Britain building and delivering the homes and jobs this country needs.”