With thousands of people on waiting lists for homes across Kent, Rapport Housing & Care has committed to build 235 new homes for over 55s, freeing up family homes within the county.
Like most counties, Kent is currently in desperate need of family homes. The region has a severe shortage of affordable housing and across the county local councils are managing housing registers full of people waiting for appropriate homes.
With an ambitious development plan in place, not for profit housing and care provider, Rapport Housing & Care is developing 235 new homes for over 55s within extra care housing schemes in the Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks district, which will significantly benefit those in need of housing in those boroughs. One hundred and thirty-three of the apartments will be complete this summer and will provide affordable housing for those in later life, through rent and shared ownership. The further 102 apartments will be complete by 2020 and will also comprise a significant number of affordable homes alongside a small number of apartments for sale on the open market.
Rapport Housing & Care currently operates an extra care housing scheme in Gravesend, which is evidence of extra care housing scheme lessening the impact of the housing crisis. Seventy-eight per cent of current tenants left flats, 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom homes to move in to our scheme, 74% of tenants vacated council houses when moving in with us.
Speaking of the organisation’s contribution to the housing market, Jane Iley, Director of Finance and Asset Management at Rapport Housing & Care said: “We have been providing and housing and care for those in later life for 50 years and are one of the largest providers in the south east. We aim to continue meeting the evolving needs of our market by providing suitable housing, which in turn is proving to be a substantial support to the council’s provision of housing as well as housing within the private sector.”