Veterans in Wrexham are set to benefit from a £2.26 million grant for the development of supported housing clusters and a self build project under the “Wales Homes for Veterans” banner.
In partnership with First Choice Housing Association (FCHA) and other partners a property on Bryn Estyn Lane has been purchased to be converted into an eight bed high support and four bed low support accommodation for veterans and completion is planned for later this year.
At its next meeting on 9 June, Wrexham Council’s Executive Board will be asked to gift land off Croesnewydd Road to FCHA who will deliver a self build 14 general needs apartments for veterans in Wrexham. This project offers veterans an opportunity to train and gain qualifications in the building trades or supporting trades.
The training will be managed by the Community Self Build Agency (CSBA). Veterans working on the project will have the opportunity to rent a permanent home on completion of the project and will be further supported to find employment based on the skills they have learned through the project.
Cllr Neil Rogers, Lead Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, said: “Since signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2013, Wrexham Council’s officers and members along with our partners have worked tirelessly to recognise the needs of veterans in Wrexham to ensure they were not disadvantaged in any way due to their military service to their country.
“I am now delighted to bring this report to members and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Armed Forces Champion, Cllr David Griffiths, our staff and partner organisations who have come a long way in such a short time.”
The proposals will go before the Executive Board on Tuesday 9th June at the new time of 10am. For those who can’t attend, the meeting is expected to be webcast live on the Wrexham Council website.