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Manchester Street To Be Turned Into Veteran Community

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An entire street in Newton Heath in Manchester is going to be transformed into a community for army veterans to be used by them and their families, organised by the BBC.

According to the Manchester Evening News, this is the biggest project that the organisation has ever taken on as part of the BBC DIY SOS show, with the call now being put to find former servicemen and women to take part.

In all, three big homes will be built to provide homes for veterans and their families, as well as a walk-in support centre, while 17 vacant properties are set to be refurbished by Haig Housing to establish a housing community for veterans.

The first phase of the project will include landscaping of the streets to ensure disabled parking and access, a move that could well help those looking for veteran jobs at the moment.

"We are coming to Manchester to take on the biggest build we’ve ever attempted," Nick Knowles said. "The team, and an army of contractors, are doing-up an entire street for veterans. We’re taking derelict houses and bringing them back into use and regenerating an inner city area.”

If you'd like to take part in the new programme, you can contact the BBC on 01179 742173 or send them an email at diysosheroes@bbc.co.uk. If you feel as though you really need to make some serious life changes for you and your family this year, this could well be the best way to go about it.

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