Homeless given a new lease of life

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A property owner has worked with a charity to give six homeless Corby people a fresh start.

Kelly Lemon, who owns a property in Ripley Walk, in the town, joined forces with LiveWise and Corby Council and in just 10 weeks the rundown, empty house was transformed and turned into a home for the new tenants.

She said: “It’s a win-win situation. I feel that I have been able to contribute to solving the county’s housing needs, at the same time as securing a guaranteed income from my property.”

One of the tenants, who asked not to be named, said: “We now have a fresh start and a chance to take a new direction in life. Without schemes like this, we’re not sure that would be the case.”

LiveWise will now work with the tenants to provide tenancy support services, education and training and employment opportunities.

Its managing director Jonathan Chapman said: “We are particularly pleased with this project as it is a great example of a high quality multiple occupancy housing that meets all the regulations.”

The house is fully licensed for multiple occupancy and meets borough council and fire service regulations.

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “We are very pleased to be able to work with partners on addressing this issue and helping to provide this innovative way to get people back into decent, affordable, housing. This project has also brought another private, long-term empty property back in to use.”

Fire protection officer, Dave Mitchell, said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working to provide safer premises in the community.”