Midland Heart win at national Housing Innovation awards 2013
A newly developed supported housing scheme in Birmingham has triumphed at the prestigious 2013 Housing Innovation Awards, scooping a top national award for the Most Innovative Supported Housing Scheme.
The Snow Hill in Birmingham was developed in 2012 by leading housing and care organisation, Midland Heart. The new and inspiring model of housing provides support, skills and accommodation for homeless people as well as individuals in need of affordable city centre accommodation.
The scheme responds to current challenges through a more holistic approach to homeless services; a giant leap away from institutional hostels. With a mixed community of 92 studio and bedroom apartments, along with access to onsite support services which can assist customers to increase their independence, skills and employment options. The building itself has a proud history in Birmingham and this too played a significant role in its regeneration.
Nick Byrne, Deputy Director of New Business at Midland Heart said: "We are immensely proud to have won the award, it is the culmination of a long term project that sought to revolutionise housing solutions for both formerly homeless people and economically active people making a start in the city. We are grateful to our partners who supported the scheme, this award is a testimony to the efforts of all who worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition".
The 2013 Housing Innovation awards took place at the River Plaza hotel on 13th Feb with Ken Livingston as guest speaker with a judging panel consisting of; Sue Roberts, Chair of the National Federation of ALMOs, Phil Morgan, Specialist Consultant on Tenant Involvement, John Skivington, Director of the LHC and Cllr Andrew Johnson, Lead Member for housing in LB Hammersmith and Fulham. The judging process was chaired by Michelle McKenna, Editor of Housing Magazine.