An important housing service for rural communities in North Wales continues after the Welsh government has received funding.
Rural housing companies have played a critical role in providing much-needed support and housing across the region in recent years.
The enablers work closely with the communities to understand issues such as affordability and availability, and to propose solutions.
Housing company Grŵp Cynefin, which manages the project on behalf of eight other partners, believes that the funding news has arrived at a crucial time.
Catrin Roberts, affordable house manager at Grŵp Cynefin, said:
“We are aware of the concerns and hurdles that affect adequate housing needs in North Wales.
“The facilitators of rural housing are here to help, and they have long played an important role in providing housing solutions to rural communities.
“Over the past three years, the rural living enablers have worked with the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Grŵp Cynefin to develop 33 new homes in Llanddeusant, Cemaes and Amlwch. In any case, the developments were built to meet local housing needs identified through the work of the facilitators.
"It's a critical time. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a long-term impact on our communities in terms of economic impact on families and individuals, as well as the demand for housing in rural areas and the type of houses that people want to live in.
“Enablers of rural housing play a key role in the Covid-19 rural economy, where people can work from home without having to travel to the city or downtown. This could be an opportunity to create jobs in rural areas, support local supply chains, and allow generations of families to continue living in their own rural communities.
"I urge all communities to contact their rural living enabler to discuss their requirements and get information."
Grŵp Cynefin leads the program and the other partners are the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Cartrefi Conwy, Adra, Clwyd Alyn, the North Wales Housing Association, the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the Gwynedd Council and the Conwy County Borough Council.
“It is fantastic to get the funding, and the award in the current climate shows how important the facilitators of rural housing are.
“We found that service is particularly important to identify people who want to stay and live in their own areas. We have noticed that individuals and families have started to move up the property managers, which is detrimental to the local economy.
"We want to offer potential tenants or buyers the opportunity to stay, live and work in their own community."
For more information, please contact the Enabler for rural living on 01286 889292 or by email (Email protected)