A GNOSALL family left homeless after a blaze ripped through their house and forced them to leap from a third floor window have been re-homed as part of an ambitious project by a pair of Staffordshire housing associations.
Frankie Edmunds and her four children, two of which are autistic, recently moved into one of the new bungalows built by Stafford and Rural Homes and Housing Plus at the rural exception site on Monk’s Walk in the village.
Mrs Edmunds, 47, suffered serious multiple injuries to both her legs when she and her sons Ben, 19 and Jake, 17, had to jump from the window of their previous home on Monks Walk in August of 2012.
But now the family has found a new home as part of a plan by SARH and Housing Plus that will see more than £23.5million in 214 new affordable homes in Staffordshire by 2016.
“Our new home is the best possible ending to a very difficult time for me and my family,” said Mrs Edmunds. “The most important thing is that my boys now feel safe and secure,.”
Karen Armitage, chief executive of SARH said alongside Housing Plus, the organisation would this week be supporting the National Housing Federation’s ‘Yes to Homes’ awareness week.
“We are in the middle of a national housing shortage that shows little sign of ending and without more new homes being built young people and those on lower incomes will continue to be squeezed out of the property market,” she said.
“We would urge more local councils to realise the need to say yes to homes – without the partnership and backing of the parish councils we work with we would not be able to develop the volume of homes we are planning.”
The partnership between the two housing groups aims to help families, particularly those in rural parishes, remain in communities to which they have family and work links.
Ursula Bennion, director of business development for Housing Plus, said: “There is a dire need for more affordable homes to help people stay living near friends and family, as well as to maintain the demand for local shops, schools and other amenities.
“We are committed to working as a partnership to make sure that more homes are built so people are not forced to move away and priced out of affording their own home,” she said.
You can see a video of Mrs Edmunds discussing moving into her new bungalow below.