New homes boost for Harlow residents

ONE OF THE best presents for 31 families in Harlow as a new home allocated by Harlow Council.

All families were housed by Harlow Council this month after bidding for properties using the Council’s Housing Allocations Scheme– Harlow Homefinder.

In December keys for 41 homes, a mixture of both flats and houses, were handed over to 31 families and 10 individuals on the Housing Needs Register.

Thirty-nine applicants live in Harlow and two have close family members who live in the town. Twenty four of the applicants moved into their first home.

One of the properties in the Great Parndon Ward, a two-bedroom home, was purchased by the Council on the open market. It is the first ever home bought on the open market by the Council to be allocated. The keys to the property were handed over to a Harlow family on Dec 23rd.

One member of the family, said: “I was overwhelmed with excitement when I received the news that my bid had been successful, two weeks ago. Two days before Christmas I collected my keys from Harlow Council and I took my little boy to see his new house. His face lit up when I opened the front door, and he saw that he had an upstairs, a down stairs and a garden to play in. Our house is our dream come true and to have been given the property so close to Christmas has made this Christmas an amazing one – I feel like I have won the lottery.”

Councillor Rod Truan, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “We are delighted that Harlow families are getting new homes in time for Christmas.

“As part of our number one priority to provide more and better housing we have a programme of buying two and three bedroom homes on the open market. We have allocated our first one and have other homes in the pipeline. We are buying homes in areas where we already have housing and homes which offer value for money to the Council. It is only a small number of homes being purchased but it will make a huge difference to local families.”

A further 25 mutual exchanges involving social housing tenants in Harlow were also completed in December.

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