Burnley organisation nominated for trio of awards for work it does to provide affordable houses, reduce homelessness and help those hardest hit by pandemic

Burnley based Calico Homes has been shortlisted for three prestigious housing awards.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 3:45 pm

The Northern Housing Awards recently announced that Calico Homes, part of the Calico Group, has been successful in three categories, recognising the work it does to provide affordable housing, tackle homelessness and partner with other businesses, charities and agencies to create a covid response hub in the community.

The categories are: Regeneration Scheme of the Year (Empty Homes Scheme) Resident Support/Advice Programme of the Year ( Burnley Together) Best Development for Social / Affordable Rent ( Florence Avenue)

Through the Empty Homes Scheme, Calico Homes has so far renovated 94 previously empty, often derelict, homes to create high-quality, affordable housing for let in the area.

The Burnley Together hub was created to make sure no-one goes without food, clothes and essentials during hard times

This scheme has also helped to make neighbourhoods more attractive, creating sustainable communities for current and future generations.

Burnley Together was set up in March last year as an emergency response to support local people through the Covid19 pandemic.

More than a year later, Calico Homes remains a key partner as the hub continues to offer people in the community the support they need, through food parcels, debt and housing advice and much more.

The Florence Avenue project utilised empty land to create 24 bungalows, providing a mixture of affordable independent living homes for over 55’s, supported living for those requiring additional care and homes ideal for young families, establishing a multi-generational, vibrant neighbourhood.

Ground breaking work on the Florence Avenue project which saw empty land to create 24 bungalows, ]providing a mixture of affordable independent living homes for over 55’s, supported living for those requiring additional care and homes ideal for young families,

Calico Homes has pledged to continue to provide more affordable housing and make it a top priority.

It has also made a long-term commitment to prevent homelessness and reduce rough sleeping in the area.

Wendy Malone, Director of Development at Calico Homes, said: "Our teams have worked hard throughout the pandemic to make sure we can continue to provide affordable homes safely, and support our wider community during a time of need.

"Good luck to all involved.”

The virtual awards ceremony will take place on May 13th, when the winners will be announced.