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📰 Christmas comes early for Southampton families

    • New Bellevue homes for young families

    New Bellevue homes for young families - Photo Credit: First Wessex

This Christmas will be extra special for some families at Bellevue Road, Southampton as they celebrate the festive season in their new homes.

Residents joined the celebration to officially open the new flats which will make a difference to their lives.

Housing association First Wessex worked in partnership with Southampton City Council to build 18 much-needed flats for young families. Within the scheme there is a training flat where support agency Chapter 1, provides support sessions to teach residents the skills to be able to live independently.

The completion of the new flats couldn’t have come at a better time, amid claims by charity Shelter that 90,000 children will spend Christmas homeless this year because of the growing housing crisis.

First Wessex has pledged its support to Homes for Britain, a campaign led by a number of groups including the National Housing Federation, which aims to end the UK’s housing crisis within a generation.

Peter Walters, Chief Executive at First Wessex, said: “First Wessex is fully committed to building new homes to help to tackle the housing crisis. This development will not only provide its residents with a secure and affordable home, but it will also provide access to a support service which will give them the skills to meet the challenges of parenthood. This makes 5 Bellevue Road even more exceptional.”

Cllr Warwick Payne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Sustainability, said: “Facilities like this are critical for vulnerable young families.  This new scheme provides safe, secure homes for young parents, just starting out in life and in need of a decent home in which to raise their children.  I am pleased that we are in a position, as a city, to be able to provide such opportunities for our young people.  And it will be wonderful to see so many in their new homes in time for Christmas.”

Geoff Hawkins, Chief Executive of Chapter 1, said: “At Chapter 1 we believe in changing lives one by one and, for many people the first step is to have a place to call home. The new service at Bellvue Road means we can support even more young families in Southampton to start to build a better future for themselves and their children.”

The development, which was partially funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, was designed to be child-friendly and robust. It also boasts a range of sustainability features, including a full array of PV panels on the roof.