Affordable homes specialist help residents in Hackney


Wednesday 25th May 2011

Affordable homes provider Southern Housing Group is helping Hackney residents gain economic mobility through a new pilot project.

The leading housing association, which manages 2,875 affordable homes in the borough, is involved with g15 London Moves - a year long partnership pilot involving fifteen of London's largest social housing providers.

The pilot scheme will provide opportunities for g15 social tenants to move to another g15 home, including new build homes, which better suits their needs, initially focusing on those who need to move for work or training purposes.

Two of the Group's regions - London and Thames Gateway - are participating in the pilot, which is considered an important milestone in London Mayor Boris Johnson's housing strategy. Lessons learnt from the project will support the Mayor's plans to roll out a London-wide housing mobility system, and the two schemes may eventually be combined.

London Region lettings manager Kay Messam said the pilot was an exciting opportunity for Southern Housing to work alongside other social housing providers in contributing to the Mayor's mobility plans.

"This opportunity enables Southern Housing Group to make a positive difference and be a driving force for change and improvement."

Each g15 association will provide about 5% of their available void properties, which are not subject to nomination agreements, for the pilot, equating to around 190 homes.

If successful the pilot will be expanded in the future to allow g15 tenants to move for a wider range of reasons such as to downsize, to give or receive care, or for other health reasons.

David Orr, chief executive of National Housing Federation said: "Tasked with giving Londoners greater mobility and control over where they work, this g15-led group has really thought on its feet. The 'g15 London moves' pilot project will be widely watched by both politicians and housing professionals as it rightly aims to show that housing can be a springboard as well as a safety net."

The g15 is a group of independent London housing associations who work together to build diverse and sustainable communities. Together the g15 collectively manages more than 500,000 London properties and builds between14, 000-15,000 new homes every year.

The g15 is comprised of: A2 Dominion Group, Affinity Sutton, Amicus Horizon, Catalyst Housing Group, Circle Anglia, East Thames Group, Family Mosaic, Genesis, The Hyde Group, L&Q, Metropolitan Housing Partnership, Network Housing Group, Notting Hill Housing, Peabody and Southern Housing Group