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Placeshapers broadens membership

PlaceShapers is broadening its membership to include all community-based social housing providers.

Until now only housing associations could be members, but now other not-for profit social providers who share PlaceShapers’ values can apply. This includes Arms’ Length Management Organisations (ALMOs), local authority landlords, housing charities and other community-focused housing providers.

PlaceShapers Chair Sinead Butters said: “We want Placeshapers to be the national network which can bring the values driven social housing sector together, creating a unified voice for the community-based social housing sector.

“The value added by community-based social housing providers is huge. We know and understand our communities and forge strong partnership to deliver results.

“We believe others that share our ethos and values joining PlaceShapers will make us a stronger organisation with a broader base and links into more networks.

“Our 2019 national campaign is We Share, when members share what they do that makes a difference. In the spirit of We Share, it’s timely to open up our membership now.

“We have been contacted by others which share our vision but who we have been unable to accommodate. This removes artificial barriers to organisations with whom we have a shared history but have chosen alternative legal structures, often following extensive consultation with their tenants.”

PlaceShapers lobbies for the role of community-focused housing providers, helping shape legislation affecting this. It also shares best practice among members.

It is currently jointly running (with Communities What Work) an All Party Parliamentary Group looking at unemployment and in-work poverty.

PlaceShapers has more than 100 members. We manage 930,000 homes, housing one in four people who live in a housing association home. We provide services to more than two million people and will build more than 118,000 new homes by 2023.

All applications need to be approved by the PlaceShapers board. Not-for-profit community-based social housing providers can apply who meet the five PlaceShapers principles:

  1. Our residents are at the heart of what we do and have genuine impact on our organisations
  2. We listen and provide more than just landlord services because we care about people and places
  3. We build homes that respond to the needs of the communities we serve
  4. Working collaboratively and actively with our local authorities and other partners at both a strategic and operational level
  5. We are run by members, for members and are committed to a diverse, values driven social housing sector



Membership is currently £1500.


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