On Thursday 11 March 2021, Ms Brabin visited two transformative projects in Leeds seeing how the connection between housing, health and social care is bringing about lasting change in West Yorkshire communities.
The socially-distanced afternoon was arranged to showcase the support locally-forged partnerships can give residents, and to explore opportunities for continued collaboration.
In welcoming Ms Brabin, Helen Lennon, chief executive of Connect Housing and chair of the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership, said:
She first visited The Old Fire Station in Seacroft to talk about Engage Leeds, a city-wide housing support service which has been working to prevent homelessness since 2017.
A productive discussion was held on the vitality of partnerships in tackling the issue of homelessness in West Yorkshire, and the importance of directing more support towards projects of these kind.
Ms Brabin then visited 17/19 Brudenell Road, a Connect Housing property which is being adapted into homes for deaf people with complex support needs.
Working with Leeds City Council, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, and the deaf health charity, Sign Health, the property is being re-modelled to provide four self-contained flats for deaf people who will benefit from independent living.
Ms Brabin said:
Helen Lennon added: