Pat Welcome Shadow Board/Exec Team Good News Dec 3, 2007
Transcript of "Housing"
Introduction to PhoenixCommunity HousingJuly 2012 Jim Ripley Chief Executive
Who We Are 5,500 tenancies and 850 leaseholders55% houses 45% flats77% built before 1940 Why PhoenixHistoric lack of investment and £100m gapLewisham couldnt afford to achieve Decent Homes standardResidents didnt want ALMO or transfer to RSLResidents inspired by Preston GatewaySet up shadow BoardBallot 2006 Yes 2023 (67.9%) No 920 (30.9%) Spoilt 33 (1.1%)Transfer 3 December 2007
Where We Are 100 different languages spoken in our areas 45% of our residents have a family member with a disability Phoenix have six LSOA’s with incomes in the lowest 10% across England Over 80% of homes are in receipt of benefits High percentage of vulnerable residents
Promises The Phoenix standard in 5 years paid for by £42m gap funding £70m loan from Barclays £25m rent & service charge income a year More than just a landlord
Governance Owned by our members –2100 shareholders, 700 Gold members, 100 staff associate members. Phoenix are the only Housing Association in London to use the Community Gateway approach The Gateway approach empowers tenants and leaseholders to take a central part in decision-making and become shareholding members Tenants and leaseholders are elected by residents and form the largest group on the board; 6 tenants, 1 leaseholder, 5 independents, 3 councillors The Chair and Vice Chair of the Phoenix Board are tenants Phoenix Residents Group and 12 Area Panels – each with own budget of £5k a year
Some highlights Will have spent £120m improving our homes by April 2013 Recently celebrated our 4,000th internal improvement 18 months 100% gas servicing SAP rating improved from 60 to 70 Will complete the promises on target AGM, over 250 attended Broadway theatre
Our new HQ and the community At the time of transfer 150 Phoenix staff and contractors worked from five small offices We promised our residents that we would construct our own HQ: In the heart of our area Provided a wide range of services to the community Land swop with L&Q
Training Kitchen A partnership with Lewisham Council’s Children & Young Peoples Directorate Training Kitchen Catering staff will be trained and go on to work in Lewisham’s schools and further education facilities Provide vocational training for secondary school children and adults Offer the community focussed courses
The LewishamPlus Credit Union The Lewisham Plus Credit are also a membership organisation The Credit Union provide ethical and affordable finance Have over 8,000 members in the Boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley Credit Union Their relocation will also place them in the heart of the community they serve
Community Café & Pop up Restaurant There is no local café Our café & restaurant will be used by Phoenix staff and visitors to the building Partnership with Training For Life, Phoenix & LewishamCafe Provide affordable food and drink 10 apprentices a year Healthy & affordable
Community Hub A busy market place Enterprise units and info points for: Established local small businesses College leavers CAB, Job Centre Plus Community Hub Low cost services for the local community in return for low or no annual rent Hub also used for large gatherings or training sessions
Our Barn and Market Square A hive of activity A partnership with Lewisham College to offer a local base for learning Socially gatherings Weddings Family Celebrations Conferences Concerts Arts and Crafts Theatre and Cinema and Comedy Clubs – Chess, Bridge etc Farmers market
The Phoenix Festival Our annual May day festival. Celebration of local culture Focus on taking part and having fun Attracted over 6,500 people Opportunity for community groups to come together We hope to capture this spirit in our new place!And there is more........... The Diversity Day in October over 250 people attended this event Tenant Gathering in December – over 70 residents attended workshops, spoke to our partners, met staff and had a good time. Summer activities for young people Winter University for 35 young local people Marton Close and Grovehill court computer training open to all residents
Further Info & Contacts Jim Ripley – Chief Executive, Phoenix firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.phoenixcommunityhousing.org
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