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Homes in Mind information event

Homes in Mind is a community-led housing project developing affordable homes for rent in Harrow.  It is a company jointly led by its members who are prospective residents of the properties, and Mind in Harrow.  We are holding an
Information & new members sign-up event
Thursday 9th June
4pm-6pm
Harrow Baptist Church, HA1 1BA

Homes in Mind has developed preliminary designs for 10 homes on two sites in Harrow, and has recently secured funding from GLA to further develop these designs and submit full applications for planning permission.   We anticipate that planning permission should be granted around August 2022, and that work on-site should commence in March 2023.

Homes in Mind has indicative approval to develop a further 20 homes on other sites around Harrow, and we anticipate seeking funding to develop these in due course.

Background

In 2019 Mind in Harrow sought participants to join its newly-formed housing project.  Mind in Harrow had seen locally the increasing number of people with mental health support needs living on their own in private rental accommodation paid for by housing benefit who were struggling to cope both financially and emotionally.

Mind in Harrow had partnered with Harrow Council and other VCS organisations and a talented team of designers to develop a model to support the building of new affordable homes for this group of local residents.  The Council gave indicative approval for the building of a total of 20-30 flats and the use of the land.

The housing project participants’ group oversaw the formation of a new company, Homes in Mind.  Participants in the housing project became members of the new company and elected two of its members to be Directors.  The role of Homes in Mind is to oversee the formal planning application to Harrow Council and the building of the homes.

The one-bedroom homes will be for rental and available to people who:

If these eligibility criteria match your circumstances, you may want to consider joining the project.  We are now seeking more potential residents who would like to be involved in the project and become Members of Homes in Mind.

More about the Housing Project

Once the planning application is approved, Homes in Mind will receive ownership of the land from the Council and will transfer this to a registered housing association (Registered Provider (RP)).  The RP will apply for capital grants and loans finance to build the flats and will manage & maintain the properties.

The Council is in support of our proposal based our business case about the benefits of our project to Harrow and local residents with mental health needs.

The flats will be of a good quality design with the aim if promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, e.g. size, windows on both sides for maximum light, layout and security.

How you can get involved

Mind in Harrow is seeking people to join the project now to co-design the flats with the architect and shape how the housing project will run.

How to apply

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Mind in Harrow on:

Tel 07735 677 364

r.catty@mindinharrow.org.uk

If you are interested in joining the project, please complete the Homes in Mind application which can be forwarded to you on request.

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