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Community Grant Fund 2013
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Rent Payments 2013-2014
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Herefordshire Housing iPhone App
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The Oval Re-Development
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Peter Brown, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Housing, shares his thoughts on the big issues in housing.
"We get overwhelmed with information nowadays so I thought it would be helpful if I described my thoughts on topical issues. There will occasionally be guest entries, but as always, if you have any feedback, please contact me."
The credit crunch started back in August 2007 and was followed by the emergence of toxic debts and the subsequent collapse of banks big and small. We are told that we dipped into recession (two consecutive quarter falls in GDP) and then came out of it. But it's all relative - to quote a US president, "It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."
At Herefordshire Housing our customers are normally those who cannot afford to buy, so what's the impact on them?
It's not obvious. I can see that our rent arrears have not gone up (now down to 1.95%), our tenants are not leaving because they can't afford the rent (number of lettings the same and no extra abandonments - about 6 per year), and we are still housing the same number of homeless families (about 50%).
But this is superficial. We know these are measures of the organisation, not the experiences of our customers and in any event, the change in housing is deep-seated and longer term. The headline figures do not show the real pressures on families.
When I dig deeper all sorts of submerged information surfaces. In Herefordshire,
The signs are there. If you are young, affording a private rent is getting more difficult. And the chances of renting in the social housing sector are receding. By the end of 2012, the housing benefit cuts targeted at the young will be in place.
We need to do more and over the coming months, we'll be thinking hard about how we can support young people - if you've got any ideas, email me on email@example.com
Participation at its Best
Residents and advisors win Award for leading major refurbishment. [Read full article]
8 Facts to know about Welfare Benefits
Welfare benefits are changing dramatically. The changes need to be based on sound reasons. Eight commonly held views are debunked - the myths replaced by facts. [Read full article]
Food Bank in Hereford
There is now a growing need to distribute free food for those with no choice. [Read full article]
Extending Independent Living Could Save Millions
Deploying telecare and telehealth for the right user in the right way could increase independence and dignity as well as reduce the time spent in hospital. [Read full article]
Openness and Transparency
Openness and transparency underpins all that we do. [Read full article]
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City Centre & South Wye Office:
|Where you can find us|
Herefordshire Housing Ltd.
Hereford, HR1 1LN.
Tel. 0300 777 4321
Fax. 01432 384198
City Centre Office:
84-86 Widemarsh Street,
Hereford, HR4 9HG.
Tel. 01432 346070
Fax. 01432 346089
South Wye Office:
Jubilee Court Community Facility
Kilvert Road, Newton Farm,
Hereford, HR2 7FE.
Tel. 01432 346091
Fax. 01432 379260