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May star builders hallmark HAPPI homes do what they say on the tin – create happy residents.
Over the last two years St Vincent’s has delivered 127 homes includes supported housing, elderly persons’ schemes, refugee housing affordable rent and shared ownership.
Its trademark HAPPI homes (standing for Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation’) provide purpose-built housing scheme for over-55s to buy or rent.
There are up to 200 more homes in the pipeline through its June 2017 merger with Mosscare. This is part of the 36,000 nationally being built by PlaceShapers.
It two most recent two recent HAPPI schemes in Bury and Ribble Valley responded to urban and rural needs for housing for the elderly and have demonstrated that people are happy to move from larger family properties to aspirational housing that will meet their needs as they age as long as the design and location is right.
Charlie Norman, chief executive of St Vincents and board member of PlaceShapers, said: “Our development programme always tries to include imaginative solutions to local problems and housing requirements whether this is our Snugbug houseshare project, our response to the local parishes with the Community Sponsored Syrian Refugeeheme and homeless voluntary agencies in Manchester with move on from temporary winter months housing in ‘pods’.”
A new resident in a HAPPI scheme said the bright and airy surroundings helped their depression. They said: “I struggled living on my own - I’m a people person and I see lots of people here. I hurt my neck in an accident and now struggle to walk, but there is lots of light in my new home and it’s easy to get around. You can’t put a price on your health and this place has been fantastic for me.”
Through its merger with Mosscare, it will deliver 150 to 200 homes per annum for next five years across all tenures including
72 Extra Care homes
30 homes for rent to buy including a Manchester rent to buy pilot with Prudential borrowing
Assisting five more parishes to take part in the Community sponsored Syrian refugee project
30 homes for learning disabilities
60 market rented homes
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