Six new affordable homes will soon be available in Cardiff as a result of a partnership between a church and local housing association facilitated by Housing Justice.
Pentyrch Street Baptist Church in Cardiff had surplus land next to the church, and tthe Housing Justice Cymru Faith in Affordable Housing (FiAH) project facilitated a partnered with Cadwyn Housing Association to build six new affordable homes on the land.
Faith in Affordable Housing is an innovative project of Housing Justice that aids churches of all denominations to release surplus land and buildings for affordable housing, enabling the church to directly benefit the community rather than selling on the open market.
Housing Justice Cymru acts as an honest broker, facilitating discussions between churches and housing organisations on selling or leasing land for affordable homes.
The new one-bedroom self-contained apartments are designed to fit with the existing residential area and adjacent Church. They benefit from a highly-efficient design to minimise energy running costs and will include communal areas inside and outside the building for the enjoyment of residents.
Director of Housing Justice Cymru Sharon Lee said: ‘This development in the heart of Cardiff will provide much needed homes for rent, and has helped to support the great work the church is doing with the community. It shows how working together can make a difference.
Chief Executive of Cadwyn Housing Association Kath Palmer said: “Land for housing is scarce within the city, yet with approximately 8,000 people on the Common Housing waiting list in Cardiff, it’s vital we continue to build new homes to help meet the demand. By working together with the church in this way we are able to make a difference.”
Pastor Rob Morse of Pentyrch Baptist Church has been the driving force behind the idea to release the land adjacent to the Church as a means to secure much needed affordable housing in the City and to develop the community activities in the Church. He said: ‘Christ encourages his followers to be radical in mind and action. Nothing short of active love girded by faith will bring true hope. We are grateful for this partnership in helping to create a space where everybody has somebody.’
The new homes in Cardiff build upon other successful schemes enabled by FiAH in recent years at Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Bridgend and Swansea with a number of future schemes emerging across North and South Wales, including emerging schemes in the Cardiff area with Cadwyn Housing Association.