Golden Lane Housing (GLH), a leading housing charity for people with a learning disability has received a boost at the start of 2015 by becoming the latest Registered Provider of social housing in England.
This is a significant milestone in the evolution of the organisation that was set up by Mencap in 1998.
Commenting on this important decision by the Governments Regulator for the Charity, Alastair Graham, director of GLH, said ‘Becoming a Registered Provider will provide more security for our existing tenants at a time when there is increasing uncertainty as a result of Welfare Reforms. We will also be able to offer more flexibility and provide different types housing for greater numbers of vulnerable tenants which would otherwise have been unviable.’
GLH currently offers shared and self-contained housing across England and Wales, and is regularly being approached by local authorities, families and health authorities to provide specialist housing management and repairs services. The Homes and Communities Agency’s decision offers even more potential for GLH to enter into partnerships with other Registered Providers to deliver more housing and better value and choice for our tenants.
‘We are confident that having raised over £21 million in the last two years through private investment and the sector’s first retail charity bond, this announcement will provide even further confidence to the financial markets to invest in specialist adapted housing’ he added.
GLH will be now regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.