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News Letter – Summer 2018

July 2nd, 2018

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The work started by the women of the Free Churches back in 1911 continues today and it has been a busy year for the Housing Association.  In the twelve months from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 a total of 55 families and 9 single women were accommodated in the Association’s three hostels.  The average length of stay for families is between 6 and 12 months. Single women tend to stay for longer periods of time as the move on options for them are very limited.

As mentioned in our previous newsletter due to the shortage of affordable accommodation for young families the decision had been made to purchase a three bedroom property.  This was completed at the end of March and a family with two children moved in at the beginning of April.

 

Mrs Lynch presenting the key to Vicky

Mrs. Elspeth Lynch Chairman of the Housing Association presenting the keys to the tenant of the new property

 

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New House Purchase

April 20th, 2018

Towards the end 2017, the Management Committee felt that it was time to purchase another property in the Portsmouth Area.

At present, Portsmouth Churches Housing Association have 9 properties that range from one bedroom to two bedrooms, but one of our families required a three bedroom property.

With this in mind, a search of the local estate agents and the family’s request of areas in Portsmouth, a house was found in the Baffins area.  Situated near local shops, park and schools, it is an ideal house for a young family.

At the beginning of April 2018, Vicky, Dean and their children moved to their new home.

Vicky said “we love our new home. It’s near to our children’s school and the children are happy to have their own rooms and more space to play”.

Mrs Lynch presenting the key to Vicky

The Chairman, Mrs Lynch presenting the key to Vicky

February News Letter

February 21st, 2018

 

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Portsmouth Churches Housing Association has been providing support and accommodation, in our three hostels, for women and children in Portsmouth for over 100 years.  At the end of last year we were very pleased to be included in the Churches Homeless Action vouchers for Christmas scheme. Residents and staff attended a special service in St. Mary’s Church, Fratton to collect the supermarket vouchers, which had been donated by members of the public.  The vouchers were distributed to all residents for Christmas.  In addition, Management Committee members had agreed that rather than exchange Christmas cards to each other they would donate money which could be used to buy gifts for the residents of Somers Road, a hostel for single women.  The vouchers and gifts were distributed during a coffee morning organised by the residents, which everyone enjoyed.

At the start of this year the Management Committee members recognised that there is still a desperate shortage of decent affordable accommodation for single women and young families. It was decided that the Association would purchase a three bedroom house for one of our young families, who is currently in a two bedroom property.  A new family will be moving into the smaller property very soon.  Needless to say both families are delighted.

Finally, we are very pleased to have received a donation of toiletries, food and cleaning material from CHIMES (Churches together in Milton, Eastney and Southsea).  I would like to thank everyone involved for thinking of us and our residents.

 

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