The financial crisis and recession has created a challenging environment in which to build new homes, and yet the demand for social housing has never been greater. Additionally, Housing Associations and Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) are increasing being seen as much more than landlords simply putting a roof over their tenants’ heads, but as community anchors. There is an expectation that they will play a far greater role in their communities, providing or funding a variety of support to individuals and communities, driving forward regeneration initiatives, and playing a pivotal role in the implementation of Government agendas such as the Digital Inclusion initiative.
As with many other sectors, consolidation through acquisitions and mergers is becoming commonplace, funding is often now secured through competitive processes, and contract aggregation in this sector is the new norm. This means more competition, for fewer opportunities, and Housing Associations often have to take on multiple roles for their tenants and communities – as commissioners, co-commissioners, and providers of services. We have a track record of successfully developing innovative and integrated propositions for Housing Associations, local authorities and local commissioning bodies, for example designing supported housing models for those with mental health issues, new health care delivery models for housing association tenants, and resettlement projects for ex-offenders.