Belfast Telegraph

New homes for east Belfast

by Natalie Gorman

A keenly-awaited social housing |project in east Belfast is now open to |applications from local families on lower incomes.

This week, Habitat for Humanity NI announced the news that they will also be holding information sessions to accompany the application procedure to their social project that comprises six three-bedroom affordable homes on Templemore Avenue.

Tom O’Dowd, family and community officer for the charity said: “Selected applicants will build their homes and those of their future neighbours, ably assisted by volunteers from Northern Ireland and the USA and carefully supervised by our own construction professionals.

“A shared equity purchase allows an affordable way of homeownership, with non-repayable grant assistance from Habitat for Humanity NI worth £5,000.”

The charity’s local programme is focussed on building a shared future by bringing volunteers together to build affordable homes alongside local families in areas impacted by deprivation and the legacy of conflict. The development will further add to the positive changes in the street with the development of the old primary school into a community resource centre by the East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA).

Information sessions about the scheme begin next Tuesday, February 1, at the Oasis Centre (Castlereagh Street, BT5 4NJ). The session lasts from 7pm to 9pm. To find out more about the programme (by post, email or telephone) contact:

Tom O'Dowd

Habitat for Humanity NI

638 Springfield Road, Belfast

BT12 7DY

T: 028 90262945

E: tomod@habitatni.co.uk

Further information sessions will be held at the Oasis Centre on Tuesday February 22 from 7pm to 9pm and Tuesday March 29, also from 7pm to 9pm.

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