New homes change lives
We are marking Rural Housing Week (6-10 July) by showing how one of our newest homes has improved the lives of its first tenants.
While we focus on our promise to build more affordable housing, we never forget that every house is someone’s home.
A newly-built bungalow in a small village has changed the lives of its first occupants, Tracey and Richard. The couple had previously rented privately but needed a more secure home with better accessibility after Richard became ill.
“Richard used to be so fit and active before his illness,” explained Tracey. “Then everything changed. He is unable to work and he was finding it difficult to get around our previous home.”
Tracey wanted to stay local, close to her mother, so we were really pleased to offer Tracey and Richard a brand new bungalow in the same village.
“It’s made a huge difference,” says Tracey. “My mum’s a housing association tenant and I grew up in the house where she still lives. I know that she used to worry that we didn’t have the same kind of security and could lose our home. It’s wonderful to have a brand new property like this, we couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect.”
Mum Jillian is delighted to have Tracey and Richard on the doorstep. “It’s made such a difference to us all and it is so nice to know they are close by.”
Richard is finding life a lot easier: “Everything is on one level, so I can be a bit more independent. It feels as though we are getting life back on track.”