When 18 of the largest housing associations in the north of England came together to look at ways to influence policy and solve the housing crisis, Homes for the North was born.
Almost three years on from our initial launch in Parliament, we’ve come a long way.
Our founding commitment to address the shortage of affordable homes in the north is now supported by significant new research, which we commission and share with policy and decision makers to raise awareness and influence action.
Our members, who already own and manage some 500,000 homes in the north, are swelling that number by building at least 21,000 new homes over the next three years.
Our work and investment help create stable, sustainable communities which not only impacts on local economic growth but adds around £2.5bn a year to the northern economy.
But our work isn’t just about building homes, it’s about building better lives for the people who live in them too. That’s why, as a group we’ve invested more than £35m in our communities, money that has helped 9,000 people into work and training; helped tackle fuel poverty and hunger and upskilled, empowered and improved the resilience of local residents.
Our work, over the last three years, has revealed four key areas that need to be addressed to support the delivery of social and affordable homes.
These four strands drive our focus. You can read the full Homes for the North Charter here.
You can read the full Homes for the North Charter here.
We built 5,575 new homes in 2017-18
Plan to build more than 21,000 new homes in the next three years
Own or manage more than 500,000 homes
Provide affordable homes for nearly 1 million people
We have contributed more than £35 million in community investment
Employ almost 17,500 people – that’s similar to the combined workforce of Nissan and Ford in the UK
We spend £1 billion building and maintaining homes each year
We have a combined turnover of over £2billion and assets of £13.5 billion
Contribute up to £2.5 billion each year (Gross Value Added) to the northern economy.
OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS IN THE NORTH WEST IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 360,000. YET A QUARTER OF ADULTS AGED 20–34 ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD THEIR OWN HOME.
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