Horton Housing judged the UK’s Best Supported Housing Landlord

Horton Housing judged the UK’s Best Supported Housing Landlord

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Horton Housing Association has won the Best Supported Housing Landlord category in the UK Housing Awards 2020. These prestigious awards showcase the very best that the housing sector has to offer and are judged by a panel of industry leaders. They are organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine. Horton Housing fought off tough competition to win the award at a virtual ceremony last week. Horton Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gartland, said: “It is an incredible achievement to win this national award and to receive this recognition for the high quality accommodation and support we provide to people across North and West Yorkshire. “Supported housing is at the heart of everything we do at Horton Housing and the award is a credit to the hard…
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OPINION: Responding to the Latest Lockdown and Supporting Homes at the Heart

OPINION: Responding to the Latest Lockdown and Supporting Homes at the Heart

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to introduce a number of changes to ensure we can still provide our services whilst keeping our staff, volunteers and clients safe. A COVID-19 planning team, comprising members of senior management, HR, communications and administration, meet virtually on a weekly basis to discuss the latest Government updates and put plans into action on how best we can react and continue our vital work supporting vulnerable people. Our supported accommodation services have kept running throughout the pandemic. Our staff have been working very hard to maintain strict hygiene and social distancing, keeping clients informed and supporting them through the challenges lockdown and other restrictions have brought. Our maintenance, repairs and property checks have also continued in line with Government guidelines. Our floating support services are…
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New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

New move-on accommodation opens in Skipton

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Four units of move-on accommodation for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have opened in Skipton. The renovation has been completed by Chartford Housing with the assistance of a £180,000 grant from Homes England. Chartford Housing is the development arm of Horton Housing Association and is both a Registered Provider (RP) and registered Charity. As a Registered Provider, Chartford Housing can access development funding from the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme. In its first five years of operation, Chartford Housing has secured £2.6 million from Homes England to create 103 new homes in Bradford, Calderdale and North Yorkshire. Work to transform the Victorian terraced property into four self-contained flats started in March 2020 and was completed on schedule despite lockdown. The properties complement the existing homeless provision…
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New Loneliness Research Suggests Young People are Most Likely to be Affected

New Loneliness Research Suggests Young People are Most Likely to be Affected

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Research compiled by the British Red Cross and Co-op has found that young people aged 18-24 are most likely to experience loneliness. As well as looking at the effects of spending too much time online can have on young people, the study highlighted key triggers that can cause loneliness for everyone, with pregnancies, bereavement, divorce, health issues and retirement all found to have negative affects on people’s mental health. [embed]https://youtu.be/6mc0S7x91Bs[/embed] According to the research, 18% of people are always or often lonely, with 73% of these people having experienced at least one of the above events. Perhaps more worryingly, 75% of people who said they were always or often lonely said they don’t know where to go to get the support they need. The isolation we have all faced during…
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Opinion: Housing Day and the Importance of Homes

Opinion: Housing Day and the Importance of Homes

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Yesterday marked the eighth annual Housing Day social media event, celebrating the positive impact social housing has on the lives and wellbeing of many. The event, which you can catch up on on our social media channels, joins the National Housing Federation’s ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign, and calls for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. COVID-19 has made 2020 incredibly difficult for all, with the long-term repercussions likely to last for years to come. According to latest figures, 3.8 million people are in need of social housing in England. Estimates suggest that low-income workers are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. With just 6,338 new social rented homes being built last year, action is needed to ensure the country’s recovery from COVID isn’t…
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OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of settled futures

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The National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign this week puts housing at the forefront of providing settled futures for vulnerable people, with a key focus on supporting those who are already homeless or preventing those at risk from sleeping rough. As our organisation was founded out of a day shelter provision back in 1976, supporting the homeless has always been one of our main aims as we look to help people get their lives back on track. For those homeless, not having an address means finding employment and claiming benefits can be extremely difficult, whilst other issues such as lack of washing facilities and lack of access to IT equipment makes it very challenging to break into the job market. With COVID-19 seeing a sharp rise in people needing social housing,…
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3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

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Gudrun Haskins-Carlisle, Services Director. The National Housing Federation’s ‘People in Housing Need’ annual report has yesterday been published, with 3.8 million people in need of social housing in England. This number equates to 1.6 million households, an increase of 500,000 from the official waiting lists. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social housing is expected to see a sharp increase, as estimates note that low-income earners are roughly twice as likely to lose their jobs. With a severe shortage of social homes already, some in need of housing have been on waiting lists for nearly two decades, and with the pandemic seeing more and more people requiring social housing, the wait for many will continue. Last year only 6,338 new social rented homes were built, yet the…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of a Greener Country

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After looking at the benefits housing has on the economy, living standards and making ends meet, this week’s focus in the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign surrounds the idea of a greener country. A greener environment is an important way to promote positive mental health for some of our most vulnerable clients. A well-kept, outdoor space goes a long way to put a smile on people’s faces, either by spending time in a garden or park, or actively helping out in looking after them. Thanks to donations, a disused piece of land has been transformed at our Keighley accommodation into a communal outdoor space for clients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a garden. With a vegetable patch allowing people to grow their own produce, this beautiful and peaceful plot…
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OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

OPINION: Homes are at the Heart of Making Ends Meet

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This week marks the second themed period of the National Housing Federation’s #HomesattheHeart campaign. Last week the drive focused around the idea of how beneficial housing is to the economy, opening employment doors to people who are homeless and the most vulnerable. This time around sees an emphasis placed on affordable and supported housing. Some of our clients face huge barriers to the housing market, not least unemployment, a poor credit history, debt and arrears, substance or alcohol misuse and difficulties budgeting. With the private rental market commanding high rents and high demand, supported housing provides a lifeline for people who are otherwise marginalised from mainstream housing. Supporting people through difficult times is essential in our goal of helping some of the most vulnerable people in society into independent tenancies,…
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OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

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From our CEO Paul Gartland. This week marks the start of the National Housing Federation’s campaign, Homes at the Heart. Having a place to call your own is one of the first steps for many homeless and vulnerable people towards accessing employment, education and training. People who have experienced, or are at risk of homelessness, face a number of barriers to contributing to a stronger economy, such as having no fixed address, access to IT, chaotic lifestyles, and even access to suitable clothing and washing facilities. Throw in the other challenges some of our clients face – substance and alcohol misuse, previous convictions, low self-esteem and confidence, mental health problems, poor education and employment histories, and it can be extremely challenging to get back into the job market. In the…
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