The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS COMMUNITY -

HOUS­ING as­so­ci­a­tion IDS has given fresh en­cour­age­ment to Can­vey Is­land’s new Cha­sidic com­mu­nity by in­vest­ing in homes in the area.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has bought four houses to let to Charedi fam­i­lies look­ing to leave Stam­ford Hill, where there is a short­age of af­ford­able prop­erty.

Suzanne Wolfe, IDS chief ex­ec­u­tive, said the as­so­ci­a­tion was “ex­cited and de­lighted” by the project and was plan­ning to buy a fifth house in the Es­sex es­tu­ary town.

“We com­pleted on Mon­day,” she said. “We handed the keys to the first happy res­i­dent on Tues­day.”

Es­tab­lished last year, the com­mu­nity now en­com­passes 25 homes, as well as a com­mu­nal and ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre on the site of a for­mer school.

Ms Wolfe said she had been im­pressed by the set-up on her two vis­its to Can­vey.

In the sum­mer, she at­tended a re­cep­tion for the Charedi new­com­ers at the Oys­ter­fleet Ho­tel, owned by Chris Fen­wick, the man­ager of in­flu­en­tial R&B band Dr Feel­good.

“I thought that Can­vey res­i­dents are ev­i­dently em­brac­ing the new ar­rivals.”

After ini­tial scep­ti­cism about the Can­vey set­tle­ment, an­other hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, Agu­das Is­rael, is also back­ing the ven­ture by buy­ing homes there.

Joel Fried­man, one of the founders of the Can­vey Jewish com­mu­nity, said “it is a huge priv­i­lege to work with th­ese re­spected hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions and re­ally en­cour­ag­ing.

“We can see the fu­ture work­ing out well.”


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