Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has been looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing across the North West and North Midlands, and made £500,000 available to help make a difference across communities across the region.
Now the names of those charities that have secured the grants they applied for have been announced – and The Whitechapel Centre has been confirmed as one of those that has been successful.
The Whitechapel Centre empowers its service users to gain the necessary skills required to manage their future tenancies, and so sustain their independent living in local communities. This helps to stem the flow of those who cannot sustain their tenancies and return to homelessness - often repeatedly. The aim is to expand the current model with the addition of two new houses, increased support and add a mentoring element to enhance preparation for independence.
David Carter, Chief Executive at The Whitechapel Centre said: “We are very grateful to the Nationwide for their support. It will allow us to expand our services and support more people into safe, good quality accommodation and support them to make it a success.”
Nationwide invited applications for grants of up to £50,000 for housing projects that have the potential to strengthen communities and help make a difference in local areas, ranging from innovative new housing, improving conditions, to supporting the most vulnerable. Applications were accepted from across the North West and North Midlands.
“Helping people into homes of their own is at the heart of what we do as a building society, which is why we’re making funding available for local housing projects. In fact, we’re making £22 million available for the next over five years across the UK to do just this and ensure everyone has a place fit to call home.”
A Community Board of Nationwide members, employees and local housing experts was appointed to have a say on which local community projects were supported.