The Chair of the National Housing Federation Diana Warwick is coming to the South Lakes on 28th April to see for herself the local housing challenges and the good work being undertaken by housing associations. Her trip will include visiting a number of development sites, checking the progress of flood recovery work at one of South Lakes Housing’s sheltered schemes in Windermere and visiting Impact Housing Association’s Foyer in Kendal. The peer has engagements with other Cumbrian housing chiefs and is also attending a board meeting at South Lakes Housing.
Baroness Warwick said “I am always impressed by the great work that housing associations are doing in communities and I wanted to see for myself the unique challenges faced in Cumbria. This visit will also give me a chance to speak to tenants affected by the devastating floods, how housing associations are helping them as well as talking to local housing professionals about how they want things to change on a national level ”.
The trip forms part of the Federation’s role to support and promote the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing and neighborhoods. Last year, housing associations built a third of all new homes across England and for each £1 of public investment, housing associations invest a further £6 of their own money making this one of the best ‘public private partnerships’ in the country.
Cath Purdy, Chief Executive of South Lakes Housing and organiser of the event said “It is a real privilege to welcome Baroness Warwick to Cumbria. It provides an opportunity to showcase the housing challenges that we have here and the steadfast work that housing associations are doing to build more homes for local people”.
Notes about the National Housing Federation:
- The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. The NHF believe that everyone should have the home they need at a price they can afford.
- The NHF represents the work of housing associations and campaign for better housing.
- The NHF’s members provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.