THREE more retirement housing schemes are ready for residents in Sunderland as part of a partnership between Housing & Care 21 and the city council.
The final phase of Dovecote Meadow in Ford Estate is now open, and Housing & Care 21 has also recently completed development of Keelboat Lodge, an Extra Care scheme in Hendon, and a development of retirement bungalows in Bardolph Drive, Southwick.
This programme is also creating new jobs, new training opportunities and has provided a significant employment boost to the city.
City council leader Coun Paul Watson said investment in the programme was “unprecedented”.
“For one key partner to invest more than £70million into our city and into our communities, demonstrates exactly what can be achieved by working in a true partnership approach,” he said.
“We always knew the Extra Care housing programme was a good model to be introduced into Sunderland.
“It is providing a wider housing choice to our older households, while releasing under-occupied family homes back into the wider market.
“This programme is also creating new jobs, new training opportunities and has provided a significant employment boost to the city.
“This is great news for our city, our communities and our economy.”
Dovecote Meadow includes 175 modern, two-bedroom self-contained apartments, with care services on-site and a range of communal facilities. The final phase includes apartments and communal areas specially designed for people living with dementia.
Housing & Care 21 says the programme has created almost 240 jobs so far, with the figure set to rise to a minimum of 360 by the time recruitment finishes early next year.
Claire Charlton, head of Extra Care Housing for Housing & Care 21, said: “We always aim to recruit people from the community around each new scheme.
“This helps build a good relationship with local people from the outset and ensures that Housing & Care 21 is investing into the local community around each scheme.”
Jobs created include service team managers, care co-ordinators, administrators, care workers and domestic staff.