– Cllr Graeme Miller, Sunderland City Council
"It's fantastic for Sunderland that the extra care housing programme is not only providing new homes for older people but also bringing with it a significant employment boost for the city.
"The creation of 350 new jobs is great news for our communities and our economy as well as being an excellent opportunity for local people."
Around 350 new jobs will be created in Sunderland.
Housing 21 is creating the posts to help meet the housing and care needs of the city's older people.
The company say they have already started to recruit as part of an 18-month programme of new home development.
There are five extra care schemes already or soon to come under development. The company currently employ 180 people and are hoping this will rise to around 550 by March 2015.
– Claire Charlton, Locality manager for Housing 21
"These jobs are great news for local people. Among the new jobs we are creating are service team managers, care co-ordinators, administrators, senior care workers, care workers and domestic staff."
The first vacancies are at Dovecote Meadow in Fordfield Road.
Further vacancies will be available at the new extra care schemes in Hendon, Roker and Southwick.