SINCE the project began, Thurrock Well Homes has reached over 2,600 residents and has carried out assessments of 950 private and privately-rented homes.
The Well Homes services involves a health check on your property to ensure that basic security is in place, it has good insulation and health hazards are minimised.
Launched in the summer of 2014, the cost to date is Â£225,000, yet it is estimated that the work carried out will save health and other public services over Â£1.5 million through improved heating systems, electrical wiring, windows, doors and staircases, as well as security measures such as security lights and locks.
The Well Homes project is delivered in partnership with Public Health and involves cross departmental working between council departments as well as external agencies like Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Family Mosaic and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions.
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Portfolio Holder for Housing, welcomed the project’s progress by saying: “Thurrock Well Homes carries out important work by helping residents in the borough and improving the quality of private homes and provide net savings to the public purse.
“We ask all clients whether they were satisfied with the service and I’m proud to say 100 per cent replied that they feel healthier and safer in their homes.
“We want residents to refer family members, friends and neighbours to us if the service can help them.”
The council are looking at how Well Homes improves private homes and using it as the benchmark for all council-owned properties across the borough.
Cllr Gledhill continued: “Many of the project ideals are being rolled-out in how we maintain council properties across in Thurrock. Poor insulation and safety hazards occur in all homes and we are using Well Homes as the model for delivering improvements to other housing in the borough.”
To find out more about the council’s Well Homes project, go to thurrock.gov.uk/wellhomes