We know how hard it is for larger families to find affordable homes that suit their needs. This is why we converted an unused building into two much needed family homes. Hostel to home | Midland Heart

Hostel to home

We know how hard it is for larger families to find affordable homes that suit their needs. This is why we worked in partnership with J Tomlinson to convert an unused building into two much needed family homes.

The property based in Handsworth was previously a hostel that contained eight single occupancy rooms. The Salvation Army had previously been leasing it, but it was no longer in use.

BEFORE

 

We took the property back and decided to completely renovate the entire building. We wanted to provide a space where larger families would have the room to live comfortably. So we changed it into two, four bedroomed energy efficient homes.

We were able to complete the project during the second national lockdown in November 2020. We followed government guidelines closely to make sure that all of our contractors, staff and customers remained safe.

AFTER

A fresh start

This time last year we handed two large families the keys to the newly refurbished homes. Both families we're living in overcrowded homes and desperately needed the extra space.

Alice moved into one of the homes with her five children. She explained the difference the move had made to her family.

"It’s great we’ve been living here a year now and we’ve not had any problems. We came from a smaller property and we were basically living on top of each other in 2 bedrooms! We’re all a lot happier now, the kids can run around and they have their own space. They love it here!"

- Alice

It's great to see the positive difference that a new home can make to a family. We're committed to providing safe and affordable housing to our customers. 

If you're looking for a new home you can sign up to our lettings portal or you can swap homes with someone else by applying for a mutual exchange.

23rd November 2021 | 2021