Posted: 5 July 2021 2:13 pm.
New homes for people facing homelessness in Rochdale have been officially opened.
St. Clare's House was recently given a major makeover thanks to a partnership between Stepping Stone Projects and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH).
It now offers accommodation for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, along with support from a Housing Officer to help residents manage and sustain their accommodation and independence.
An opening event took place this week to officially launch the service and celebrate the partnership, which is making a real difference to people at risk of rough sleeping in Rochdale.
St Clare’s House, which has 15 individual bedrooms with shared bathrooms, kitchen and lounge, was very run down when Stepping Stone Projects, a homelessness charity based in Rochdale, acquired the building.
RBH completed the modernisation works needed, which included making the building safe with repairs and upgrades to the roof, fire safety and rain-water systems, and more secure with new doors and enhanced CCTV.
They also fitted a new kitchen, new lighting, new bathrooms (including one for people with disabilities), a new lounge and redecorated all of the bedrooms and common areas.
Dave Smith, Chief Executive of Stepping Stone Projects, said: "Partnerships such as this are so important in the fight to tackle the homelessness crisis.
“With homelessness expected to increase in the coming months as the furlough scheme closes and the ban on evictions coming to an end, it’s vital that housing providers, charities and other support services work together to provide much-needed solutions.
“St Clare’s House is already making a difference to people in Rochdale, and it was great to finally be able to celebrate this with the people who helped to make it happen.”
Gareth Swarbrick, RBH Chief Executive, said: “Our team can be extremely proud of the work they have completed at St Clare’s House, which will make a huge difference to the new residents.
“We have a great partnership with Stepping Stone and the modernisation at St Clare’s House is another example of how much we can achieve when we work together.”