Funding boost for extra care homes

Coun Barry Collins
Coun Barry Collins

Calderdale Council is set to invest £1m in extra-care housing which they hope will free up more properties for families.

Extra-care housing provides older people with their own self-contained homes with communal areas including restaurants and health and fitness facilities.

Schemes in Halifax that offer extra-care are based at Clement Court in Halifax, Willow Court in Elland and Mytholm Meadows in Hebden Bridge.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “The council has set aside £1,000,000 for extra care. The drive for more extra care schemes reflects the needs of an ageing population but also the bonus of potentially freeing up a house to become available for family use.

“The council is also exploring the possibility of building ‘council’ homes again. We have got to plan ahead 30 or 40 years and consider where homes are needed and what kind of homes are needed.”

The council’s head of housing Mark Thompson says efforts are ongoing to reduce the number of empty properties into use.

He said: “Empty homes are a wasted resource and often a local nuisance, so I am pleased that the number of long term empties is down by 1,000 in four years. We need to do more – bringing more empty homes back into use and building the affordable homes that our communities need.”