Merlin Housing Society is buying a number of one bed flats across the city to lease to 1625 Independent People. The flats will be purchased by Merlin thanks to a £200,000 grant from the council’s capital programme, an initiative designed to increase the number of small properties available to vulnerable people in need of a home.
Merlin’s Head of Development, Michelle Thomas said: “We’re delighted to be working with 1625 Independent People on this project, and increase the number of affordable homes we own in Bristol. The work it does with young people is fantastic and we’re proud to be part of it.”
1625 Independent People’s CEO, Dom Wood said: “This is a very exciting partnership that will achieve quality homes and support for some of the most excluded young people in Bristol. I hope that this is the start of an excellent partnership on schemes between us and Merlin going into the future.”
1625 Independent People will manage the flats under a 10-year lease from Merlin and support those living in them to gain independence skills and be on the right track to reach their potential.
The partnership will help meet two strategic priorities set out in Bristol City Council’s Local Plan.