Funding to bring empty properties back into use

By on 20/06/2013 in News

Response to announcement by the Communities Minister of empty homes funding for the city.

Empty Homes projects in Birmingham have been successful in securing a total of £1.7m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. Five organisations, including the council, have been awarded money to bring empty homes back into use as affordable housing and to help regenerate local neighbourhoods.

Birmingham City Council has received the largest award of £900,000 to deliver a programme targeted at empty shops in local centres. Converting redundant empty shops at the edges of shopping areas into much needed housing will help to meet housing needs, improve the look of the area and create more concentrated and sustainable local centres.

The programme will focus on links with business communities in the city, including the local centre partnerships who have successfully become Portas Town Teams, of which Birmingham has 8; Soho, Saltley Business Association, the Lifford Business Association, Boldmere, the Kings Heath BID, Sparkbrook and Springfield Town Centre Partnership, Retail Birmingham and the Erdington BID.

This flexible and creative partnership approach will see the properties renovated and back into use, supporting the council's objectives to increase housing supply and improve local neighbourhoods. The target is to convert 45 empty shops into affordable housing, to be let to people waiting on the council's housing register.

Other organisations awarded funding include Birmingham YMCA,  Ashley Community and Housing, the Start Again Project and the Springfield Project .

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