Suffolk Housing property offers “new start” to local family

Suffolk Housing property offers “new start” to local family

A mother-of-two has said “there are not enough words” to describe the huge difference which moving into a Suffolk Housing property in the village where she has spent her life has made to her family.

Zoe Birch and her sons picked up the keys to their new-build three-bedroom home in Risby in October. They moved to the property from a cramped privately-rented house in the village, which saw the boys forced to share a bedroom and sleep in bunkbeds.

Zoe said: “If we hadn’t been offered this house we would have been forced to move out of the village, which would have turned all of our lives upside down. I don’t drive so couldn’t have kept my job, plus it would have meant a change of school for Harry.

“Our new home is a really lovely size and has a great garden which looks out over open fields. It already feels like home and we are very content. We feel so lucky and are very grateful to Suffolk Housing.”

The home is one of six developed by Suffolk Housing at a cost of £710,252. Four are rented and two are shared ownership properties, while all have been made available to local people with a link to the village.

Sue Philp, Suffolk Housing Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted that our latest scheme in Risby has made such a huge difference to Zoe and her family, as well as our other tenants who have moved to the site. These new homes will play a vital role by allowing people to remain living in the village of their choice, in turn helping to ensure our rural communities continue to thrive.”

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