We have one of the best homelessness prevention services in London and we’ve continued our innovative work by opening London’s first modular housing development for residents who have been sleeping rough.
These 32 homes in Ermine Road will provide transitional housing for some of the most vulnerable people in the borough. The small one-bedroom flats have been designed with homeless charities; they are heated through heat pumps and well insulated so bills will be minimal.
The Deputy Mayor of London for Housing Tom Copley came along with us to celebrate as did our AM and Deputy Mayor for Children and Education Joanne McCartney. Olive Morris Court benefited from more than £2 million in investment from the GLA, and the Hill Foundation donated half of the flats.
The scheme is called Olive Morris Court after Olive Morris, a tireless campaigner against racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. You can read more about her life here: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/article/section/civil-rights-movement/how-olive-morris-fought-for-black-womens-rights-in-britain/
The GLA is giving us overall £5 million to help deliver our supported accommodation programme with another 32 similar homes planned across the borough alongside those opening at Olive Morris Court.
Other housing projects coming soon include Joy Gardner House where we will be welcoming new residents in the next month: these will be 11 high quality family sized homes with priority given to residents in the area on our waiting list and in desperate need of new accommodation.
In February, we handed over keys to 23 Haringey families for our first new council homes in a generation at Charrington Place. This development included new green planting, landscaping and a children’s playground area.