A scheme to support families affected by the pandemic has helped more than 400 Walsall families stay warm this winter.
Midlands’ landlord whg received £20,534 from the COVID-19 Crisis Fund, which, since September, has been used to support 489 households who were struggling to pay their fuel bills due to loss of income or increased fuel use.
Commenting on the support, whg assistant manager Ravi Chonk said: “The pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s finances, either through job loss or furlough.
“In addition to that, home schooling and being forced to stay at home, comes with additional costs – an increase in energy use being one example.
“This grant has been a lifeline to some of our customers, with some saying they were being forced to choose between keeping their home warm or other basic provisions.
“These fuel vouchers have helped household meet these increased costs and ensured some of our most vulnerable households have been safe and warm over the coldest months.”
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whg is among the largest providers of high-quality housing in the Midlands, housing over 50,000 people in around 21,000 properties, with a presence in 18 local authority areas.
whg’s increasingly diverse portfolio has given it a presence in the market rent and commercial markets, including shared ownership and supported housing.
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