The Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) has built a total of 19 homes on a site at Abbey Drive, overlooking Sunniside Methodist Church.
Chloe Shakesby

£2.7m housing scheme completed in Houghton-le-Spring

A homes association has completed a £2.7m housing scheme in Sunderland.

The Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) has built a total of 19 homes on a site at Abbey Drive, overlooking Sunniside Methodist Church.

The housing scheme, in Houghton-le-Spring, is the Association’s first in the Sunderland area for 24 years.

DAMHA chief executive Paul Mullis commented: “We’re delighted to have been able to return to the Sunderland to build 19 amazing new homes in Houghton-le-Spring, bringing the total number of properties we provide for older people in the area to 185.

“Like most areas, there is a real lack of affordable, high quality two-bedroom bungalows in Houghton-le-Spring, so working in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Homes England, we’re pleased to have been able to deliver this important scheme.

“It provides homes for life for the residents and we will continue to explore opportunities to develop further sustainable and affordable accommodation in the area in the future.”

Homes England, the body which funds affordable housing in England, contributed £608k to the cost of the scheme.

Karen Anderson, from Homes England, said: “It’s great to see DAMHA building good quality, accessible homes for our ageing population, and in Gloria and Alan’s case, freeing up a larger, family-sized home at the same time.

“Homes England is keen to work with partners to build homes where they are needed and that can make such a positive difference to peoples’ lives.”

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