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Residents will not be 'turfed out' of Clare House, says Saffron Housing Trust boss

Residents at a sheltered housing scheme in Diss have been reassured that they will not be “turfed out” while bosses decide what to do with the building.

Back in March, residents at Clare House were told they would have to move out of their homes so that essential work could be undertaken on the 26-unit-housing scheme in Frenze Road.

The building is run by Saffron Housing Trust, a social housing association that offers affordable and supported living for elderly people.

Clare House in Diss. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Clare House in Diss. Picture by Mecha Morton.

The Long Stratton-based trust is yet to decide what will happen with Clare House in the future, but has not ruled out selling it off.

Nine residents have already been rehomed in other housing schemes, but 15 are still living there.

During an appearance on Park Radio this week, Hannah Harvey, executive director of operations at Saffron, was asked if the remaining residents would be “turfed out” once a decision was made.

She said: “Absolutely not, we would not do that in any way.

“We won’t do anything drastic like that until we have spoken to everybody and, even if that was the case, we would make sure everybody would have alternative and suitable accommodation that was right for them and their needs before we did anything.

“It’s just a long and deliberate process to make sure we do the right thing for everybody in Clare House and the community around it.”

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