Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group has been awarded two contracts by Lancashire County Council which will enable it to continue and expand its supported housing and support services for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and young people facing homelessness.

As of the 6 July, Progress Housing Group manages women’s refuge accommodation, resettlement services, a 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic abuse, and young people’s supported housing accommodation in Chorley and South Ribble.

Clare House, the Group’s women’s refuge in South Ribble, has supported more than 700 women and children since it opened in 2002. The new contract will extend this service to include Chorley Women’s Refuge and the resettlement services for this area. 

In addition, Progress Housing Group will continue to manage and own The Bridge, a supported housing scheme in Chorley for people aged 16 to 25 facing homelessness and will take on the management of Parker House, a similar scheme of eight self-contained apartments in Chorley.

Philomena Cunningham, Operations Director of Housing, Community and Support Services at Progress Housing Group, said: “We are really pleased to have been awarded both contracts to provide supported housing accommodation and services to people in Chorley and South Ribble.

“In winning the contracts we will be able to offer vulnerable people safe accommodation whether fleeing domestic abuse or facing homelessness as well as access to support services.

“We have been providing services to victims of domestic abuse and young people facing homelessness for over ten years, and have established good relationships with support providers across the region that we will be able to bring with us in this new contract.

“We’re now looking forward to building on the work that has already taken place in the Chorley area, and continue to provide much needed support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and young people facing homelessness.”

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