NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Aug 20th, 2012.
People in Wrexham who are looking to return empty properties back into use can now apply for financial help thanks to a new scheme.
The Houses into Homes scheme has made over £435,800 available to people across the county borough in a bid to provide people with much needed homes.
The Welsh Government scheme provides interest free loans to enable the renovation, improvement and conversion of empty properties for use as residential accommodation. Once completed the properties can be either sold on the open market or let.
Eligible properties must have been empty for six months or more. Single units of accommodation can receive a loan of up to a maximum of £25,000, with a maximum loan of £150,000 available per applicant.
Cllr Mark Pritchard, Lead Member for Housing and Planning said: “We welcome this initiative by the Welsh Government and encourage people to come forward and apply for the grant which will help turn currently empty homes in Wrexham into affordable housing for those currently looking to rent or buy.
Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage said: “Empty homes are, quite simply, a wasted resource. There are approximately 20,000 long term empty properties across Wales, depriving people of a much needed home and blighting the community.
“Providing good quality, affordable homes for people is a priority across Wales and we have been exploring a number of ways to help us meet the growing demand. We hope the Houses into Homes scheme will encourage landlords, home owners and developers to come forward and turn empty properties into homes.”
For more information about Homes into Houses scheme, please contact
Siôn Wynne, Housing Partnership Officer, 01978 315 587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org