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Home for Christmas

20 December 2023

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Trivallis has handed over the last set of keys to ten newly renovated homes, helping families settle in for a safe, warm and happy Christmas.

The ten homes located across Rhondda, Cynon and Taff were transformed as part of a grant funded project to turn ten empty and derelict properties into much needed new homes.

The project which was majority funded by Welsh Government via the  Transitional Accommodation Capital Programme, was led by Trivallis’ Asset Regeneration Manager Jonathan Davies who worked with partners across the organisation to identify the most useful properties to bring back into use, and the families that needed them the most.

The ten properties identified had initially been earmarked for sale due to the high costs of the renovation works needed to bring them back into use. However, following a successful bid for the grant funding, work commenced in March 2023 with the first family moving into their new home at the end of the month.

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Since receiving the grant funding, months of hard work have seen ten families re-homed, the last of whom picked up their keys at the end of November.

The family, like others who have now been rehoused thanks to the project, had been staying in temporary accommodation while waiting for a suitable home to become available.

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Speaking about the difference this has made to their lives, Jonathan said:

“Projects like these come with many challenges, but finally handing over that last set of keys felt like a really special moment. Thanks to the funding and the hard work of everyone involved, the family now gets to enjoy Christmas in their new home and get their new year off to the best possible start.

“Not only has this provided much needed homes but the use of local contractors meant the grant money was kept within our communities and used to support local business and employment opportunities. It’s a great example of how we maximise the benefits of the money available to not only support people and families, but invest in the communities they live in.”

Vic Cox, Corporate Director of Assets and Sustainability said:

“We’re continuously trying to find more creative and cost-effective ways to meet the ever-growing need for homes. When talking about housing need, the conversation often turns to building new homes, which absolutely has its benefits. But it’s also important we take a closer look at what is possible with the resources we already have available and work with partners to find solutions that will help us meet the needs of our communities in the most sustainable way.”

“Thanks to Jonathan, the team and the contractors involved, these empty buildings have been turned into a living room to put Christmas tree up in, a kitchen where families can cook a festive dinner and a home in which many great memories can be made.”

Under the housing associations newly established Homes strategy, a significant emphasis has been placed on sustainability and thermal efficiency, as the organisation aims to improve the quality, number and suitability of its homes to meet the needs of the communities they serve.