Genesis, Home and Southern are among 12 housing associations that have become partners and sponsors of a new group aimed at helping registered social landlords remain viable social businesses in a challenging policy environment. The new Housing Plus Academy has been launched by the National Communities Resource Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
The academy has come out of a successful knowledge exchange programme run by LSE Housing and Communities led by Professor Anne Power. The programme, Housing Plus, was funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and attracted more than 500 participants to knowledge sharing events covering themes including: welfare reform, work and skills, energy saving, community resilience, private renting alternatives, the future of social housing, and the value of mixed communities in expensive neighbourhoods.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation is among the group’s partners and sponsors and is supporting efforts to include small, community based organisations and vulnerable minorities. The initiative is also backed by the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing, along with a number of smaller housing associations.
Professor Anne Power of LSE Housing and Communities said: “Housing Plus seems to have real purchase because housing associations are driven by the urgent need to retain their business viability while at the same time depending on tenants coping and paying their way. They have a strong ethical purpose, and are the most significant organisations within low income communities, alongside schools.
Partners and sponsors of the Housing Plus Academy are: Poplar HARCA, PlaceShapers, Affinity Sutton, Circle, Curo, Genesis, Home, Incommunities, L&Q, Riverside, Southern and Bolton at Home. Additional supporters include Amicus Horizon, Orbit, Octavia, Gentoo and Arawak Walton.