Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd has welcomed news that a ground-breaking new ‘veterans’ village’ is being planned for north Manchester – transforming empty houses into a haven for former members of the armed forces.
The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Manchester council has joined with the BBC and the charity Walking with the Wounded to refurbish 25 vacant homes.
They will be made available to veterans so they can rebuild their lives – and will be specially adapted, if necessary, for those with disabilities.
A drop-in centre will also be set up to provide education, therapy and employment support.
All but one of the homes are owned by housing association Adactus, who took them over from the council in 2009. But there hasn’t been any public money available to do them up.
Adactus is now planning to gift them to the project, while the other house, which is still owned by the council, will be handed over for £1.
Help from the Territorial Army has already been drafted in, while the BBC also hopes to field donations from local supermarkets and hotels.
Next week the council is set to commit £405,000 in gap funding for the refurbishment of the houses, which will be owned and managed by veterans’ charity Haig Housing, and is planning to waive £20,000 worth of council tax for the first year.
Clare Stevens, Partner at Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd said:
“This is a fantastic example of the military covenant in action and a great way for Manchester to show its support and recognition for the armed forces by providing much needed assistance for those making the transition from service into civilian life.”