Horton Housing Group has officially registered Chartford Housing with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which will increase the provision of social housing in West and North Yorkshire.
As a ‘Registered Provider’ Chartford Housing Limited can access funding that is not available to Horton Housing Association, such as grants from the HCA’s Affordable Homes Programme.
The organisation, which is also a registered charity, will specialise in providing homes to vulnerable people and continue to tackle homelessness and barriers that prevent people from managing their tenancies.
It will concentrate on bringing empty properties back into use and has already secured £700,000 from the HCA to create 25 self-contained flats in the Bradford district and develop a further 10 homes in Halifax. In addition to creating these new homes, Chartford Housing will also manage a further 200 properties across West and North Yorkshire.
Chartford Housing has been set up as a subsidiary of Horton Housing Group and has its own Board. Clients of Chartford Housing will be able to access support from other Horton services, including the training centre which offers a wide range of courses to help people get back into employment.
Finance Director David Collier said: “This is a significant step in the growth of Horton Housing Group and allows us to access funding that has previously been unavailable to us.
“Horton Housing has more than 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable people in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and North Yorkshire and provides a wide range of services which Chartford Housing tenants can access, including training, employability skills and Jobsearch.
“By providing specialist support for vulnerable people, and decent homes in which to live, we are helping people to stay in their homes and maintain tenancies. This in turn helps to reduce the incidents of homelessness in the areas in which we work.”
Chartford Housing was officially registered with the HCA on Thursday, 1 October 2015, registration number 4821.
Chartford Housing Limited is Registered in England with company registration number 8662400 and is also a registered charity number 1162562. Its registered office address is Chartford House, 54 Little Horton Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0BS.