30/05/2014

Housing Associations To Receive Share Of £208m In Loans

Thirteen housing associations will receive a share of £208 million in loans to deliver 4,800 new affordable homes.

Communities across the country are set to benefit from thousands of new affordable homes under a multi-million pound deal announced by Housing Minister Kris Hopkins.

A total of 13 housing associations will receive a share of £208 million in loans, offered on the best rate ever achieved, to help deliver 4,800 new affordable homes.

They include:

• London, where up to 662 new affordable homes will be built

• Sheffield, where up to 138 new affordable homes will be built

• Exeter, where up to 186 new affordable homes will be built

• Bradford, where up to 136 new affordable homes will be built

• Bedfordshire, where up to 264 new affordable homes will be built

The scheme will also extend to Scotland, where 147 homes will be built in Glasgow, and Wales, where 329 affordable homes will be built.

Unlocking funding for affordable house building

The agreement forms part of the Affordable Housing Guarantees Scheme, delivered by Affordable Housing Finance, part of The Housing Finance Corporation.

Through the scheme the government uses its strong economic record to guarantee and unlock up to £3.5 billion of cheaper debt for Affordable Housing Finance, enabling it to lend this on to housing associations to build new homes to rent for families in need.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said: "Since 2010 we've delivered 170,000 new affordable homes – but we want to go further.

"Today's deal means thousands of new affordable homes will be built in communities from Glasgow to Truro, for families in real need.

"And thanks to our hard-won and strong economic record, cutting the record deficit we inherited, these housing associations have access to funding for house building at some of the lowest rates the sector has ever seen."

(CVS/CD)

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