A local housing association has provided new homes for the residents of a hostel forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community Gateway Association (CGA) has been hard at work to have 20 new homes ready and kitted out for the residents of the Fox Street Homeless hostel.
CGA has a five-year plan in place to support the homeless of Preston, included in the plan was taking over the management of the Fox Street Homeless hostel.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has forced the housing association to slightly alter these plans and temporarily close the doors of the hostel to adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure the safety of the residents.
This has meant a frantic few weeks for the housing services team at CGA who have worked tirelessly to ensure everything is ready in the homes so people can start to be moved in.
The work isn’t finished just yet for CGA as providing a homeless person who is used to living on the street or in a hostel with a home to manage on their own can provide many challenges. The team at CGA will continue to provide support and advice to the former Fox Street residents to help them make the most of this opportunity.
The British Heart Foundation had closed it doors during the Coronavirus Pandemic but reopened to allow CGA to secure the furtniture required for the 20 new homes.
Fiona Fisher, Head of Housing Services at CGA, praised the hard work of the team who secured the housing for the Fox Street residents and thanked the British Heart Foundation for its support:
“The CGA team have achieved amazing results over the last few weeks. They have pulled out all the stops to secure properties for 20 people. Fox Street has always been close to the community’s heart and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support. A big thank you must go to the British Heart Foundation, who opened its doors so we could buy all the furniture needed to fit out the properties.
“We are very mindful that this is a stressful time for everyone, especially for those without a safe place to stay. Our dedicated Fox Street team will continue as always to provide ongoing support and assistance to the Fox Street residents in their new homes and we will continue to keep the community updated progress.”
Brett has been a resident at Fox Street for over a year and is excited at the opportunity to have his own home:
“This is my chance and I’m going to make a really good job of it, I’ve got a place of my own and it’s going to be grand, I can’t believe it to be honest, everyone has been so helpful sorting me out, I’m over the moon.”