Homes for Wells is a community led initiative creating affordable homes for key workers, their families and local people with a proven connection to Wells-next-Sea, Norfolk. Many of these folk are front-line workers who help keep our town safe, such as the local Lifeboat crew, fire service and healthcare providers so when COVID strikes, they are our local heroes.
Right now, not only is their livelihood under stress, their potential homes are also being threatened by a surge in interest and huge hike in property prices in recent months. Lock-down has created a mobile workforce that can work from home and want to live elsewhere. While everyone is welcome, this comes at a cost:
- Average property price is now £548,411 (source Rightmove 4/9/20)
- Average salary is £19.5k pa, seasonal low paid
- Even a beach hut (a shed on the beach) will set you back circa £70k!
- 254% increase in value in last 20 years in our local area
- Percentage of second homes rising in area -32% Wells, 47% Blakeney, 75% Brancaster.
This creates unsustainability for local communities like ours that are a national holiday destination and second home hot spot.
Help is at hand...
A Housing Trust has offered Homes for Wells the opportunity to purchase up to nine former social housing flats, with a market price reduction at £120k each. These flats are close to the town centre, ideal for work, schools and all amenities.
However, the reality is that we cannot afford to buy these homes without significant fundraising, grant funding and loans.
Homes for Wells have launched a £100,000 Crowdfunder to help towards purchasing two of these properties.
We need to act fast…
Help people like Polly on our waiting list, Polly and her dog, Django, live in unsuitable, insecure accommodation. Polly works full time in our local supermarket (yes, throughout lockdown), her family live locally and she is a part of our local community. However, with a single low income she cannot afford to buy her own home, and does not fit criteria for social housing. That is where Homes for Wells come in! Homes for Wells bridge the gap in our community with affordable, secure rental housing for local key workers like Polly.
Jack and Nicole are a young local couple starting a family of their own, with a baby on the way! Jack grew up in Wells and now works for a local electrical company after completing an apprenticeship, Nicole works in our local Health Centre. They both also have second jobs, however they cannot afford to buy their own home, private rental prices are out of their reach and they do not fit the criteria to be housed by council social housing. They currently live in a 1 bedroom Annex and wish for a home in Wells where they can be close to their families, support networks and places of work.
Please help us to help more local families stay local. Be a local Hero!
Homes for Wells has a proven track record of success. Since its launch in 2006 with just £10 in the bank, local volunteers have come together to create a housing trust that now houses 54 people in local, secure, affordable homes. There is a waiting list of 42 more families that need our help.
More information about Homes for Wells and how you can help us or donate can be found at www.homesforwells.co.uk.