Spotlight Autumn 2017
Welcome to the Autumn edition of Spotlight
focus of this edition is our proposed merger with Notting Hill
Housing which is due to happen in January 2018.
The merger is a good fit for both
organisations as we both have very similar backgrounds and we can
do much more together for existing and future customers than we
ever could apart. Between us, we will have around 55,000 homes
across London and 64,000 across London and the south-east, housing
170,000 residents in total. Half of our properties will be general
needs homes with social or affordable rents.
In other news, our thoughts continue to be
with all of those who have been affected by the Grenfell Tower fire
back in June. A number of you have been in touch to ask about fire
safety in our own blocks and in recent years we have done a huge
amount of work to keep our blocks safe (see page 11). Also, staff
and residents at one of our care and support schemes have been
raising money for Grenfell victims.
Illegal subletting is a problem that all
housing associations face and is something that we take very
seriously. Meet our new Tenancy Fraud Officer and read about the
properties and cases under investigation.
Volunteers and staff have been celebrating
after a recycling initiative that restores old furniture in West
London won ‘Re-use Organisation of the Year’.
Finally, a Genesis-funded initiative has seen
45 care and support residents enjoy a range of outdoor activities,
including a camping trip to Wales which one resident described as
‘the best experience of [his] life’. See page 19 for full
We hope you enjoy reading this edition.
Take a read