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Home Provider in new initiative to support veterans

Published: Friday 7 May 2021

A County Durham housing association is launching a new partnership with a leading employer of former armed services personnel after a successful pilot scheme.

Seaham-based believe housing has teamed up with AAA Caring Caretakers to work on preparing homes for new customers. Nearly 80% of AAA Caring Caretakers employees are veterans and the organisation has a strong policy of supporting both ex forces personnel and their spouses into work.

The new collaboration is expected to provide direct employment for five veterans and two spouses of serving forces personnel. They will be working right across believe housing’s 18,000 homes, which stretch from the County Durham coast to the rural north Pennines.

The partnership comes after a pilot where veterans from the AAA team prepared more than 50 properties across County Durham for new believe housing tenants. Click here to view the full article.

£250m homes investment

Published: Tuesday 27 April 2021

A multi-award-winning housing association is set to build 1,250 new homes, upgrade thousands more, and extend the support it offers to communities after a £1/4bn funding boost.

County Durham-based believe housing has secured the multi-million-pound injection to help it transform homes and communities stretching from the coast to upper Weardale. The not-for-profit housing association will double its new home construction programme and spend more than £6m extra on improving the energy efficiency of existing homes.

Extra money will also be pumped into believe housing’s successful community investment programme, which provided more than £150,000 to charities and groups during the last year.

The new funding has been secured from a number of private sector sources, including an £85m ‘private placement’ from Legal & General Investment Management. Read On

Have your say on the future of Stanley and surrounding areas

Published: Monday 26 April 2021

Karbon Homes are looking for residents who want to share their views and perspective on the development of Stanley. If you live in the area or surrounding communities and would like to be involved click here for contact details and further information.

Help with budgeting and money

Published: Friday 16 April 2021

Head over to our 'Your money and benefits' page where you can find handy tools and calculators to assist you with budgeting and to look at maximising your current income in line with your circumstances.

If you let your housing provider know once you have completed a form, we can use this to assist in processing your application

Details of new evictions mediation service revealed

Published: Monday 12 April 2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday published guidance linked to its housing possession mediation pilot introduced in February 2021.

The pilot, which aims to sustain tenancies and manage court capacity after the nationwide eviction ban comes to an end in England, is free to use for landlords and tenants.

Before housing possession cases are taken to court, tenants and landlords will have the chance to reach an agreement at a review stage.

If an agreement is not reached, the case is deemed suitable for mediation and will be looked at by the Society of Mediators within 10 days of referral.