Hightown Housing Association welcomed its 6,000th resident, care assistant Justine Mikucka, at the official opening of 68 new affordable homes at The Grange in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.
At a special event on 19th March, new residents of The Grange, councillors from Chiltern District Council and Chalfont St Peter Parish Council joined Hightown to mark the opening of the development, including Justine’s new home.
David Bogle, Chief Executive of Hightown Housing Association said:
“We are very proud to have provided over 6,000 affordable homes to help tackle the housing crisis and reduce homelessness. However, there is still a real need for more high quality, affordable homes and we remain committed to building new homes for the people who need them most.”
There is an acute short of affordable housing in Chalfont St Peter and the surrounding Chiltern District. The average home in the Chiltern District costs over £600,000, according to the National Housing Federation’s recent report ‘Home Truths’. This means that families would need an income over £137,000 per annum to afford the average home.
Situated on the site of the former Holy Cross Convent School, The Grange brings 68 new affordable homes including 13 houses for social rent, 35 apartments for affordable rent and 20 apartments for shared ownership.
Hightown’s 6,000th resident – Justine
27-year-old Justine and her 14-month-old son Toby were living in temporary accommodation in Chesham for four months before a new home became available at The Grange.
Justine said: “I was living with friends and in temporary accommodation, so I feel like I’m starting from nothing. When I was in temporary accommodation in Chesham we just had one room. I don’t drive so it was a bit of a struggle to travel to work.”
Justine and her son have now moved into their new two-bedroom apartment at The Grange and Justine is delighted with their new home.
“Chalfont St Peter is a lovely place.” Justine comments. “It’s just a 30 minute walk to work which is amazing! I feel incredibly lucky to be living here. It’s also fantastic that Toby has his own room now.”
With Justine happy to be out of temporary accommodation, and living in a more permanent home, she is looking forward to learning new skills.
“I’m planning on learning to drive, and my ambition is to go to college to train as a nurse. I’m feeling much more optimistic about my future now.”