A new supported housing scheme in Lincoln is our latest collaboration with learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust.
The £2.44 million development off Skellingthorpe Road involved demolishing an old children’s home building, more recently used by Linkage, to make way for 20 new homes.
Twelve one-bed modern apartments are provided for Linkage residents to live more independently with support. We built a further eight houses at Sampson Close for shared ownership with Waterloo Homes, enabling local people to get a step on the housing ladder in a popular area of the city.
The new housing received funding of £100,000 from the City of Lincoln Council, together with investment support of £584,000 from the government’s Homes and Communities Agency. It was built for us by local construction company Lindum.
Linkage’s deputy care manager Sue Taylor used to work at the old Sampson House. Visiting the new building, she said: "It's wonderful and airy here. I can't believe how different it is - Waterloo has done a great job. It's a brilliant opportunity for our young people to move forward in the community and gain independence."
We have a strong partnership with Linkage. The charity operates a cafe in our Elizabeth Court housing scheme in Louth but we mainly work together to develop modern accommodation for Linkage service users. Sampson House and our other joint housing developments have attracted a combined total of £2.5 million of central government funding into Lincolnshire.