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Church welcomes UK housing charity to Wales

Homeless people in Wales will be helped into affordable housing as a UK charity opens a Welsh branch.

Housing Justice Cymru will be launched tomorrow (Sept 29) and will work closely with the Church in Wales in providing homes for people in need.

Its director is Sharon Lee, who was previously project co-ordinator of the organisation’s Faith in Affordable Housing scheme.

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, will speak at the launch at the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay. He welcomes Housing Justice Cymru as a Christian voice for homeless people in Wales: “It must be the highest priority of Government that citizens have the key requirements for life and housing must be one of those. Housing Justice is important in being a Christian voice for those who are without a home, and to encourage all of us, in particular religious organisations, to do what we can to address this issue.

“With housing policy a devolved matter in Wales, it is vital that we all speak up with a Welsh voice for the dispossessed and the downtrodden especially those who crave a place they can call home.”

Housing Justice Cymru is part of Housing Justice, but managed through a Welsh-based Steering Group, chaired by the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the John Davies.

Welcoming the launch, the chair of Housing Justice, the Bishop of Rochester, James Langstaff, added:

“These are exciting times for Housing Justice as an organisation which continues to grow and develop in its work. Sharon Lee has already made a significant contribution to the work of Housing Justice and I look forward to seeing that continue in her new role.

“I also commend this development of our work to the whole of the church in Wales asking them to support Housing Justice Cymru as they are best able.”

Alex Glanville, head of property services at the Church in Wales, said, “Welsh society faces very challenging issues in relation to providing decent, affordable housing for people in need. The Church in Wales is committed to playing its part in meeting this challenge and we believe Housing Justice Cymru will represent a positive and clear voice on the issues in Wales. We have already worked closely with Housing Justice through Faith in Affordable Housing on a number of schemes and look forward to that relationship continuing through Housing Justice Cymru in the years ahead.”

Housing Justice Cymru will be launched at the National Assembly for Wales building at a reception sponsored by Dr Dai Lloyd AM.

The photo attached shows St John’s Church, Hafod, Swansea, which was partly converted into affordable flats by Gwalia Housing.