Transform opens new housing project

10 September 2013

Transform Housing & Support is celebrating the successful opening of its newest housing project. The development of eight flats in New Haw will provide supported housing for eight homeless people.

Transform held a celebration lunch on Tuesday 10 September to celebrate the completion of the project, with guests from the local community, partners, supporters and donors. The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Yvonna Lay, cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the new flats.

The new property will provide supported housing for eight people from the Runnymede area who have either been homeless or who have a housing need. Each person will receive one-to-one support from Transform staff to help them gain essential life skills and build up their confidence, so they can live independently.

Elizabeth Kennedy, Chair of Transform Housing & Support, said:

“I am delighted to celebrate the official opening of Transform’s newest supported housing project. On behalf of everyone at Transform I would like to thank our many partners, supporters and donors who have helped make this project a reality.

“Last year Transform provided housing and support for 1,035 people across the Surrey area. Sadly there are always many more people who need our help – and that is why the opening of this new property is such a significant achievement. These new flats will give eight people a second chance, so they can get their lives back on track.”

The new project is supported by Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council, and received grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency. Transform raised £130,000 towards the project through fundraising; several of these donors came to the event on Tuesday, including Chertsey Combined Charity, Waitrose West Byfleet and the Rotary Club of Chertsey.

Cllr Peter Taylor, Chairman of the Housing Committee at Runnymede Borough Council, said:

“We are pleased to have worked with Transform on this development and want to thank them, and the Homes and Communities Agency, for investing in the provision of affordable housing for local people in Runnymede. This scheme is very welcome and will provide homes for those in need for many years to come.” 

The new development is part of Transform’s Building Chances programme, which will create more than 65 new homes for homeless and vulnerable people in the Surrey area over the next three years. The charity, which is the largest helping homeless people in Surrey, aims to raise £1 million to support this programme. To make a donation please visit our donation page or call 01372 387100.

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