Section: Community Care

New report suggests social landlords will continue to deliver more for their communities post Covid-19

Posted 16.09.20
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Covid-19 could offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for housing associations to deliver more for their communities, change how homes are built and improve services with residents, according to PlaceShapers' and HACT's 'Places After The Pandemic' report.

Drawing on insight from more than 100 organisations, it shows how housing associations adapted during the national lockdown and played a key role as community anchors.

It goes on to explore how social landlords are fundamentally reviewing their work and their role in places as we look to the future.

The report shows that in the first three months of lockdown, a sample of 42 PlaceShapers members made 300,500 welfare calls, gave advice and guidance to 57,000 people and organised 50,000 food deliveries.

Members forged new partnerships with people and organisations in places to make sure support was there for everyone who needed it.

PlaceShapers Chair Matthew Walker said: "The crisis has reinforced our sense of place and the value we place on our homes and neighbourhoods.

"The support social landlords offered became a lifeline for many in frightening, isolated times. Up and down the country we heard stories of the difference landlords made and how they worked together in the places they work.

"This report explores the lessons we've learned so far from the Covid-19 pandemic, including how local our view of place is and the importance of building strong, trusting partnerships in places."

The above link gives access to the report.


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