Top regional role for housing chief
Issued on behalf of and with the approval of Housing Hartlepool
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Housing Hartlepool’s Chief Executive Catherine Purdy has been elected to chair the regional committee of the National Housing Federation for the next three years.
The Federation represents 1,300 independent, not-for-profit housing associations in England and is the voice of affordable housing with its members providing two million affordable homes for five million people.
Its aims are to promote and support the work of housing associations and to lobby for better housing and neighbourhoods.
It also researches and campaigns on regional housing issues, holds conferences and events, and supports practitioner groups where housing association staff can share good practice and network.
Catherine Purdy said: “Key remits for National Housing Federation are to lead the housing and neighbourhoods agenda, campaign for investment in affordable housing and raising the profile of the sector.
“I see my role as making sure that the North-East’s voice is heard loud and clear within these strategies.
“It is a great honour to be elected to this position and I intend to play a part in helping influence policy when it comes to social housing to the benefit of housing association residents and tenants across the region.”
Derek Long, National Housing Federation Head of North Region added:We are delighted with the appointment of Catherine Purdy as Chair of the North East Regional Committee. In the midst of what is a challenging and extremely busy time for social housing, Catherine will play a hugely influential role in ensuring the North East is represented at the highest levels.
“The North East needs recognition and support to combat the serious housing affordability issues, tackle deprivation, prevent homelessness and ensure everyone has access to a decent home.
“We look forward working with Catherine to grasp the opportunities and meet the challenges throughout the next three years.
Housing Hartlepool is the largest housing association in Hartlepool.
It was set up in March 2004 to take over the ownership and management of the Council's rented housing stock following a positive ballot by tenants. It is a not for profit charitable organisation.
Housing Hartlepool is run by a voluntary board that consists of four tenant members, four council nominees and four independent people.
The company manages 7,000 properties throughout the Hartlepool area and surrounding villages. These range from five-bedroom family houses to flats for single people. In addition there is a wide range of bungalows and sheltered housing complexes for the elderly.
The housing service is provided from three neighbourhood-based offices.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
The National Housing Federation in the North is the voice for over 360 not-for-profit, independent housing associations who provide affordable homes for almost one and a half million Northern people.
Working with the support of our national organisation, we promote the work of northern housing associations and campaign in Parliament and with regional stakeholders for better housing and neighbourhoods.
If you want to play a greater part in our work, please contact us or visit www.housing.org.uk
Housing associations are 'iN business for neighbourhoods'. They have made fresh commitments to neighbourhoods, customers and excellence. For more information see www.iNbiz.org
Catherine Purdy, Housing Hartlepool Chief Executive