Throughout the UK there is a shortfall of one bedroom properties for the single tenant who doesn’t require a second/spare bedroom or the tax that comes with it. This adds to the ever growing list of problems encountered by those trying to get off the street.
One of the problems with being homeless is that it is easy enough to become homeless through no fault of your own; but trying your best to get off the streets sometimes isn’t enough. Most landlords I know shy away from council tenants; but they wouldn’t even consider renting to someone who is homeless. That’s where we step in.
We at Homebuyers 4 U will use the money pledged to us, to rent properties on a long term lease contract; and transform these average houses into safe and secure housing, for homeless and vulnerable adults living rough in County Durham.
We want to provide a permanent home for people with nothing. A roof over someone’s head is the springboard that people need to move forward. Somewhere to call home, having your own lockable room, knowing your possessions are safe; your own warm bed knowing you won’t be moved on when daylight comes and even your own toilet – need I say more. It’s the little things we take for granted that really are a luxury when you lose them.
We intend to create more of these homes throughout the UK to keep vulnerable adults off the street. When someone has managed to get themselves sorted and moves out, we will have someone else lined up to move in and the process will just be repeated. Off the street onto your feet.
We aim to make a difference, to stop people struggling more than they need to. We will be working with other local organisations and charities to get these people into work, if and where possible.
We hope that we can build on this project and continue to make a difference to those who need it.
The list of potential modifications to the properties may include; but is not limited to:
- Replacing all the doors with fire doors and high melt point hinges
- Upgrading the walls and ceiling to 30 minutes fire resistance
- Replacing all the door furniture to allow for lockable bedrooms and thumbturn locks on the inside.
- Interlinked heat and smoke detectors in every room
- Replacing the windows where required for fire escape windows
- Emergency lighting
- Replacement of boiler
- Rewire to 17th edition standards
- Decorate – including any plastering that is required
- Carpet throughout
- Move walls to allow for reasonable sized bedrooms
- Addtional bathrooms
We are in talks with several local organisations so that we can provide the property and they can provide the people to move in.
Homebuyers 4 U have also teamed up with County Durham Furniture Help Scheme for furnishing the house and each bedroom to the required standard.