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Helping people find a home of their own

Posted on 09 April 2018

Carly Bell and her partner Nathan Dunn are thrilled to finally have their own home in which to bring up three-month old baby girl, Harper.

The brand new two-bedroom Hyde home means they can move out of Carly’s parents’ house, which with ten current residents, is pretty crowded.

“I’m really grateful to my parents for everything they have done for us, but it’s time for us to have our own space now,” explains twenty-two year old Carly. “This new home will be great for our little family and Harper will have her own room which is really important.”

Carly, who works as a nanny, is also impressed with the spacious feel to her new home. “The flat is lovely, there is more space than I thought and plenty of storage,” she says. “It’s also comforting to know that we are in a nice area, not far away from my parents and close to the hospital.”

The new home comes with an allocated parking bay close to the building, making getting baby Harper in and out a little easier. Plus new mum Carly is looking forward to making the most of her maternity leave, by getting out and meeting new people in the local area.

Twenty-five year old window-fitter Nathan is also looking forward to more family time. ”Having our own home means it will be easier for my family to come up and visit. My sister lives in Hastings and has three children of her own, while she could visit before it was difficult as things were already hectic with six kids in the house and I didn’t want to add to that,” he explains. “I felt bad, not being able to see so much of my family. But now we have our own home, just us and Harper, it will be great for them to come visit and spend time together.”

The two-bedroom flat is part of 50 new affordable homes developed by the Hyde Group in partnership with Bovis in Maidstone (Orchard Fields). The homes are a mixture of general needs rent and shared ownership. A further 50 homes will be available later this year.

Hyde’s Lettings Advisor Michelle Shrosbree said: “It’s wonderful to see Miss Bell and her family so excited about moving into their new home. I hope they will be very happy living here. It’s a really rewarding part of my job, being able to help people in need find a home of their own.”

Last year we helped 5,535 people find a new home with 1,789 homes being let. So every day we give five people a new home, helping them get out of unsuitable or temporary accommodation and into a home of their own.

The average home in Kent now costs around £309,893, which is 11 times the local typical salary, making home ownership impossible for many. The need for housing has never been greater and we are committed to building as many homes as we can, to play our part in alleviating the housing shortage.


Another new Hyde resident is twenty-five year old Daniel Carter, who works as a chef in a local Kent care home. Daniel lost his home two years ago when he split from his partner and has struggled with living apart from his two young daughters. Since then he has been sofa-surfing between family members and friends, without a home to call his own.

“I’ve not slept in a bed for two years, so I can’t wait to move in. It’s been really hard, but I’m grateful to my family members for helping me out so much. Who knows where I would be without them?”

Now Daniel has a brand new Hyde home and he is excited to have somewhere to spend time with Anna (six) and Poppy (two).

“This place will give me the chance to spend proper family time with my two girls,” he said, “it will be great to have our own space so they can stay over with me and we can just relax and enjoy being together.”