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Charity edges closer to completion of much needed apartments

 Published on: 15th August 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Jewish charity is nearing competition of 19 flats in Bushey which will help people with disabilities.

The £6.7million project is expected to be finished in October and has been orchestrated by Jewish Blind and Disabled (JBD) who are a charity who specialise in mobility apartments for people aged 18 to 100 with round the clock support.

The project is in its second phase after an apartment block housing 60 tenants was previously completed.

The new part of the specialist apartments will link to the old building via a walkway and when building work is complete in October it will continue the process of finding tenants who are expected to be occupying the 19 flats available by Summer 2019.

JBD currently houses 360 people in 297 apartments and there is a waiting list of 40 specifically for the new building.

The charity’s chief executive, Hazel Kaye, says she is admiring how the building is taking shape, highlighting features such as a roof terrace and rooms with some pleasingly bucolic views.

She said: “Every time I come here, it’s amazing how things have moved on.

“We are so very aware of how living in unsuitable accommodation can make life very difficult life for people who have had to face a diagnosis of disability or vision impairment.

“We are the only Jewish organisation providing specialist mobility apartments for people aged 18 to 100 with 24/7 support. Everything they need to live independently.”

“One of the most difficult things is telling people we cannot accommodate them. We know from our tenants that people want to live within a Jewish cultural environment.

“We have a points system based on need and we will have to make some difficult decisions.”

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