Housing Hero bags board seat
NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF HOUSING HARTLEPOOL
HOUSING HERO BAGS BOARD SEAT
Housing Hartlepool resident, John Lynch, has gone from ‘housing hero’ to new tenant board member, helping to influence a wide range of housing services.
John, who was crowned a ‘housing hero’ by national organisation the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for his exemplary voluntary work in the town, has been selected to take on the board role.
Previously, John was a leading member of Housing Hartlepool’s Tenant Consultation Panel when the town’s housing was transferred from the local council to the housing company. As a board member he will now have the opportunity to really influence the future of housing in Hartlepool and develop his skills and experience further.
Twelve volunteers make up the board including four tenants, four councillors and four independent members.
John said: “I am very proud to have been given this opportunity to help shape the way Housing Hartlepool is run. My previous role in the Tenant Consultation Panel involved liaising with residents and Housing Hartlepool to try and make the area a better place to live and work.
“I will have even greater responsibilities in my new role as a tenant board member to work closely with residents and maintain the continual improvement of housing services.”
Andy Powell, Director of Housing Services, said: “The role of board member brings with it responsibilities, but it is also a great chance to influence future services.
“John is the perfect candidate for the board, he has shown that he cares about Housing Hartlepool and is passionate about helping its residents and shaping its services for the future.
“The board is a very important vehicle for Housing Hartlepool as it voices the opinions of a range of stakeholders, whose collective aim is to help make Hartlepool a better place to live as well as improving the environment and amenities for residents.”
CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436
Notes to editors: 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.
In addition to its core landlord role Housing Hartlepool is also the main housing regeneration agent in the town and is developing much needed affordable homes in the area.
For more information, go to: www.housinghartlepool.org.uk
John Lynch, appointed tenant board member for Housing Hartlepool