Empty homes to happy homes project

Happy home graphic Empty homes that once blighted communities across Redcar and Cleveland are being returned to use as part of an innovative scheme helping young people back into work.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is working with partner organisations to deliver the £1.85 million 'Empty Homes to Happy Homes' project, to unlock the potential of empty homes in the borough and utilise a wasted resource to meet housing need.

The project is part of the Council's ongoing commitment to return empty homes to use and minimise the amount of time homes stand empty. The scheme has already returned over 60 units of accommodation to use.

The Council and Coast & Country are working with social enterprises Community Campus 87 and East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust to give young people the chance to pick up new construction skills and qualifications as they work on the sites.

Renovation work

As part of the scheme, the partnership will:
  • Arrange refurbishment/repair works to empty homes;
  • Manage contractors on site;
  • Pay for refurbishment works;
  • Identify a suitable tenant;
  • Ensure the house is looked after when the tenant has moved in.
The owner of the property will receive a proportion of the rental income.

To register your interest in the Empty Homes to Happy Homes project or for an informal discussion regarding empty homes please contact:

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council - Empty Homes
Craig Mason Tel: (01287) 612522

Or alternatively e-mail empty_homes@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Before and After work

Before and After work

Before and After work

Before and After work

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