North East Churches Acting Together (NECAT) – with members including the Church of England, Roman Catholic, Baptist, URC and Methodist churches as well as independent churches – has commissioned consultants to advise on potential sites for affordable housing development.
Schemes being considered include supported accommodation for groups including older people and people with learning disabilities.
The move comes after the group held two conferences on housing and homelessness in the region in recent years.
Revd Joanne Thorns, a Church of England priest and Regional Officer for NECAT, has been working with Chris Beales, a member of the Church of England’s Housing Executive Team.
“We know that in comparison to London and other areas, house prices are not as high here in the North East,” she said.
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