New partnership initiative to tackle housing issues

Posted on: 7 December 2016

North Devon Council and local charity and social housing provider North Devon Homes, have agreed a new partnership approach to improve the way both organisations work together to tackle the significant housing challenges faced by local families and communities across North Devon.

The organisations have committed to combine resources and expertise to create and deliver a joint long term housing strategy. The partnership will support long term planning and delivery to help:

• tackle the lack of affordable homes across North Devon;
• support people in North Devon waiting for an affordable home;
• adapt current homes for customers with disabilities and health problems;
• prevent anti-social behaviour;
• promote energy efficiency and
• develop ways to make the affordable housing stock in North Devon meets the needs of the changing population of the area.

This partnership has been created following a review of the existing working and governance arrangements between the organisations; the new partnership agreement will refresh and enhance joint working, align with each organisation’s future strategic requirements and improve housing services and options for people living in North Devon.

North Devon Homes Chief Executive Martyn Gimber said “We have always worked closely with North Devon Council to deal with the acute housing issues in this area with some success. I am delighted that this new partnership approach sees us working much more strategically on many of the very long term issues intrinsically linked to housing and health. This is the only way we can really tackle and challenge these difficult issues enable us both to make a real difference.”

Leader of North Devon Council and Executive Member responsible for partnerships and shared services, Councillor Des Brailey, said: “Helping local people gain access to housing which is affordable and suitable is a core responsibility of North Devon Council. Working more effectively with North Devon Homes can only be good for our community.”

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