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Wessmaps Housing Trust secures £50k to further help vulnerable people

A not-for-profit social housing charity has secured a £50,000 finance package from HSBC UK to maintain and develop the charity’s benefit to the public.

Wessmaps Housing Trust will use the funding to maintain the premises and increase the housing solutions available for vulnerable people in Southampton and the surrounding communities, adding an extra 24 homes and creating four new jobs.

The housing charity was established in 2014 when founder Jane Lockey recognised that vulnerable people are typically served poorer quality housing due to low-level investments. Since then, the charity has developed high-quality and great value housing solutions to improve tenant well-being and support vulnerable people living in the community.

The additional funding will also enable the charity to provide support to the Southampton City Council Street Homeless Team, which is tasked with ensuring all homeless people within the city’s boundaries are provided with adequate temporary accommodation.

Jane Lockey, Founder and CEO of Wessmaps Housing Trust said: “We firmly believe that everyone has the right to a secure and sustainable home. Our charity has always strived to provide good quality bespoke homes, community-based neighbourhoods, great service, and exceptional value.”

“We’re so grateful for the support HSBC UK has given us from the very beginning. We’ve been with HSBC UK since the charity was established seven years ago and we couldn’t have expanded so successfully without the help of our relationship manager Ian Fergusson.”

Jane Fancy, Area Director for Hampshire and Dorset at HSBC UK, added: “We’re delighted to be supporting Wessmaps Housing Trust’s mission to help local vulnerable people in Hampshire and surrounding communities. We look forward to continuing this support as the charity looks forward to further expanding their accommodation portfolio.”

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