Today Lucy visited Canada Street for the first time since veterans and their families moved into their new homes. The street in Newton Heath was transformed last year by DIY SOS, as part of a huge renovation project to create new homes for veterans, and Lucy visited the site in September while the work was underway.
The project was supported by Manchester City Council, Haig Housing and veterans’ charity, Walking with the Wounded, and today Lucy was able to see the completed homes and meet with the families who’ve moved into them.
I really enjoyed visiting the new houses on Canada Street and meeting the veterans who are living and training there. In September I visited Lamin’s property while it was still being renovated and it is fantastic to see it finished and to see him and his family settled in in their new home.
The early stages of the project have been a great success and it is testament to the hard work of all of the agencies involved. Manchester has been a trailblazer for this kind of support for veterans and it has inspired other projects around the country.
The project has not only transformed the lives of the veterans involved but also an area of my constituency which was long overdue for redevelopment. It is great to see the impact that this has had on Lamin and his family and I look forward to the project welcoming other veterans as it grows.