|London is one of the richest and dynamic cities in the world, but it also suffers real poverty and housing need. Southwark Habitat for Humanity is part of the charity’s worldwide vision – aiming to eliminate poverty housing and provide people with a safe and decent place to live.SHFH is a local, voluntary sector response to housing, working outside the traditional mechanisms of supply in the public and private sectors. At its heart, SHFH is a movement grounded in the local community and a vehicle through which communities can respond to the need for projects on their doorstep. By focussing on self-help, community-based approaches, the homepartner families are involved in transforming their own lives.
In Gordon Road and Habitat Close in Peckham, SHFH has completed sixteen affordable housing units, helping low income families achieve sustainable home ownership. SH4H have recently completed the ‘Star of India’ which was sold to a Housing Association and has provided social rented homes for twelve local families.
These projects relied heavily on volunteers – supervised by our skilled construction staff and qualified contractors – to provide labour and funding. Over 1800 volunteers from a wide variety of organisations helped us to build the Star of India, providing skilled and unskilled labour on our site. SH4H welcome volunteers from corporates, groups from churches and construction trainees from local colleges who would like to build with us. H4H strive to bring individuals together to work towards a common goal of giving people a decent place to live; a banker from Canary Wharf may be paired with a local young person from Peckham who is gaining work experience on site. This is the building of community that H4H passionately believe in and strive to achieve.
As well as building new homes, SHFH is increasingly working with other organisations in both the voluntary and statutory sectors to renovate and bring back older and empty property into use. In partnership with the Salvation Army, H4H created eight ‘move on’ accommodation units for young homeless men and have recently completed the refurbishment of a house for three ex-homeless men with another charity.
H4H are looking forward to more exciting times in Southwark.
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