Empty home brought back to life

30 March 2015

Transform Housing & Support has renovated a former ‘empty home’ in Woking, turning it into a shared house to help homeless young people.

Transform purchased and renovated the house, which had been standing empty for some time. The property was renovated with a donation from The Story of Christmas - the property and construction industries’ Christmas charity event - which funds projects benefiting homeless people and disadvantaged children.

The successful completion of the project was marked with a tree planting at the new property on Friday 27 March. The Chairman of The Story of Christmas, Derek Penfold, planted a cherry tree to commemorate the occasion.

Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform Housing & Support, said:

“We are delighted that this empty property has been brought back to life, to provide homes for local young people in need. This property will give vulnerable young people a safe place to live, with support from Transform staff to help them gain the skills and confidence to live independently. We are extremely grateful to The Story of Christmas for their very generous donation, which funded the cost of renovating the property.”

The house is one of two vacant properties that Transform has brought back into use, working with local authorities and with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

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