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Homeless veterans project shortlisted for award

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Publish date : 15 February 2013

A housing and training project for service leavers at risk of homelessness has been shortlisted for a national award. 

The Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services (SPACES), managed by Riverside ECHG, has been named as a finalist in the Specialist Landlord of the Year category at the UK Housing Awards. 

SPACES is Riverside’s accommodation placement service for single veterans discharged from the Armed Forces, and existing veterans. Since its inception in September 2000, it has helped over 10,500 veterans.

The Beacon exteriorIn addition to SPACES, Riverside ECHG also operate two specialist, training and support schemes - Mike Jackson House in Aldershot and The Beacon (pictured) at Catterick Garrison - and have a Housing Worker based at the Military Corrective Training Centre in Colchester,

Trevor Morris, Riverside ECHG’s Ministry of Defence Area Manager, said: “SPACES provides a valuable service to help veterans, some of whom have served in recent conflicts, reintegrate into civilian life and reduce the risk of them becoming homeless.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for another accolade after The Beacon won the Award for Partnership Working at last year’s Regeneration and Renewal Awards.”

The awards, which recognise outstanding work by housing organisations to improve the lives of people in their communities, are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and Inside Housing magazine.

Now in their 17th year, this year’s awards attracted more than 300 entries from all over the UK.

Charted Institute of Housing Chief Executive Grainia Long said: “The UK Housing Awards are about celebrating the dedication and commitment of organisations and professionals across the industry. 

“They not only recognise success, they also give housing providers the opportunity to learn from each others’ excellent work and innovation. For CIH, they help us to fulfil our role in maintaining, improving and promoting standards in an increasingly challenging environment.

“The quality of the entries we’ve received this year is evident from the fantastic standard of the finalists, and I’d like to congratulate all the organisations that have been shortlisted. Their work can inspire us all.”

Stuart Macdonald, Editor of Inside Housing, said: “The quality of the entries rose again this year so even to get this far is an amazing achievement. In the face of some really stiff competition, Riverside ECHG has shown it is performing at the highest level - well done!”

The winners will be announced on 16 April.

For more information visit http://www.spaces.org.uk/ and follow Trevor Morris on Twitter @TheBeaconear

 UKHA 2013