Bristol Together has been commissioned by Bristol City Council to repair and renovate up to 30 empty Council houses that will then be used to house homeless families.

Eight of the properties have already been brought back into use, and two of Bristol Together’s most experienced employees have had their first chance to work as site foremen.

“The city of Bristol, like most major cities, has a large number of people on the housing waiting list” said Paul Harrod, a director of Bristol Together. “It is fantastic that the Council is doing all it can to ensure that these long-term empty properties are brought back into use – and it also enables us to create additional jobs for ex-offenders in the city too.”

The first properties in Avonmouth village were completed last December and are already home to families who were previously living in insecure and expensive temporary accommodation.