Local housing provider St Leger Homes of Doncaster has announced that they are extending the number of homes they are providing for ex-armed services personnel within Doncaster.
Due to the success of the scheme, which began in November 2016, the number of homes provided will increase from 10 to 15 – ensuring ex-forces personnel who are either homeless or living in poor quality accommodation locally can be rehomed.
These homes will be delivered in partnership with Help4HomelessVeterans, a Barnsley based charity.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“It’s apt that this week as we celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country that we are extending the number of homes we are providing to ex-armed service personnel locally. These people are real heroes and we owe them a debt of gratitude for the work they have done protecting our values and way of life.
“Since this scheme was introduced in November 2016, we have been able to help make a real difference in the lives of so many individuals – and I hope that extending the scheme today will help increase opportunities for even more veterans who have given so much for our community and country.”
Steve Bentham-Bates, CEO of Help4HomelessVeterans, said:
“We at Help4HomelessVeterans are delighted with the scheme we have in place with St Leger Homes through our work with Doncaster Council’s Veterans Support Group. These five additional homes will give greater flexibility to offer support to more vulnerable veterans in the area in their hour of need.
“This is an excellent initiative by a local authority supporting veterans that ought to be replicated in other parts of the country. Thank you St Leger Homes and Doncaster Council.”
Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Paul Wray, said:
“Those who have fought for our country deserve our respect and gratitude. Extending this scheme, so that more ex-armed forces personnel are helped to live in good quality accommodation, is absolutely right as part of the council’s ongoing commitment to our armed forces community.”