JBD is dig­ging in for £6.7m hous­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

JEWISH BLIND & Dis­abled has held the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for a £6.7 mil­lion hous­ing project in Bushey — its eighth de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern mo­bil­ity apart­ments in Lon­don and the Hert­ford­shire sub­urbs.

This lat­est fa­cil­ity is ad­ja­cent to Ce­cil Rosen Court, which opened in 2014. It will of­fer 15 one- and four two-bed­room apart­ments for those aged 18 and up with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties or vi­sion im­pair­ment. It will also fea­ture a roof ter­race and com­mu­nal ar­eas and there will be 24/7 sup­port from res­i­dent house man­agers.

Around £1 mil­lion is still needed to com­plete the project.

JBD chief ex­ec­u­tive Hazel Kaye an­tic­i­pates that the first ten­ants will move in to­wards the end of next year.

“We are aware of how liv­ing in un­suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion can make life very dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who have had to face a di­ag­no­sis of dis­abil­ity or vi­sion im­pair­ment,” she said.

“As the only char­ity in the Jewish com­mu­nity ded­i­cated to en­abling peo­ple in this po­si­tion to live in­de­pen­dently, we are con­stantly look­ing for new sites.”

The char­ity ac­com­mo­dates 360 peo­ple in its ex­ist­ing seven build­ings but John Joseph, the JBD chair­man, points out that its wait­ing list con­tin­ues to grow.

This cur­rently stands at 65, although JBD ex­pects it to in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly once peo­ple be­come aware of the new build­ing. The ma­jor­ity on the list have a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity.

Although a num­ber of po­ten­tial sites for ad­di­tional prop­er­ties have been in­ves­ti­gated, none have met JBD’s strict cri­te­ria. Th­ese in­clude easy ac­cess, close prox­im­ity to a doc­tor and phar­macy, good public trans­port links and near to a sy­n­a­gogue and kosher shop­ping.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

John Joseph, Hazel Kaye and JBD pres­i­dent Mal­colm Ozin — and (inset) an artist’s im­pres­sion of the new build­ing

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