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Ninety five housing associations, local authorities and other providers are set to deliver over 5,600 new affordable homes, as the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) confirm successful organisations for its £70m of Empty Homes funding.

This is the first time that the HCA has administered an Empty Homes Programme, which will fund the refurbishment of properties which have been standing empty for a minimum period of 6 months. The Empty Homes Programme sits as a distinct funding stream within the HCA’s main Affordable Homes Programme 2011-15.

The £70m is part of the £100m of Empty Homes funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review; the remaining £30m is being made available exclusively for community led groups and is being administered by DCLG’s appointed provider, Tribal UK.

With over 700,000 homes standing empty across the country, the issue remains a key government priority.

The list of providers and indicative allocations by HCA operating area can be downloaded from the Agency's Empty Homes web page.

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