More than 5000 homes in Leeds have been empty for more than six months.
At Leeds Empties we’re developing a range of new ways to bring empty properties back into use across many communities in Leeds. This is because over 20,000 people are currently living in poor housing accommodation whilst many suitable homes are not in use for months at a time. We are a social enterprise team and we aim to support owners of empty homes to get them back into use. This is because we have found that housing is a large problem for many people living in Leeds. With the events taking place over the next few months, we can tackle the problems caused by empty homes and eventually be able to meet the needs of individuals in their community.
We held a Call to Action Event with more than 100 people participating this year, a range of innovative approaches to bringing empty homes back into use in Leeds were explored at this event. Covering the day was George Clarke and the team from Channel 4′s The Great British Property Scandal here is some footage from the day’s events.
We will be holding the first Leeds Empties Week between the 18th and 22nd March, each day has a different focus – with the aim of engaging a wide range of people in bringing empty homes back into use. We’d love you to get involved and learn about our story so far as well as what we aim to achieve from these events in the future.
If you own an empty home in Leeds find out how we could help by reading about our current work. This way you will be able to find out a bit more about what we want to achieve and why we are so keen for others to join us in our events.
If you would like to get involved in bringing more empty homes back into use, find out what’s going on and how to get involved please feel free to contact us. At our team, we are hoping to get local businesses, social enterprise groups and many other organisations involved in our events over the next 12 months. Businesses that we are looking for include; second-hand furniture providers and self-storage companies. The more people we can get involved in our events, the sooner people will see the changes to their community.
Helping the Community
By becoming involved in our events, you can do your bit for the community and help change a family’s life for the better. This is because due to so many homes lying empty, families are put in temporary council homes where the accommodation is not the best. In these homes, there can be many problems such as draughts, leaks and other unpleasant circumstances. The areas surrounding these homes can also cause a lot of disruption for people as there can be a lot of violence surrounded within these areas.