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New PlaceShaper members

PlaceShapers two new members bring a rural homes specialist and London’s largest provider of care, support, housing and services to people with complex needs into the network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations.

One Housing has 16,000 homes and is London’s largest provider of care, support, housing and services to people with complex needs.

Hastoe, based in Kingston-upon-Thames, has over 7,500 rural homes in over 70 local authority areas and specialises in providing sustainable, affordable homes to enable local people to remain within their communities.  

Andrew Potter, Chief Executive at Hastoe (pictured top), said: “It’s fantastic Hastoe is joining PlaceShapers. We hope to add a distinctive rural voice to the organisation and make the case for quality place-making when we build new affordable homes in rural England. PlaceShapers’ and Hastoe’s values are closely aligned in that we don’t just build homes, but look to create sustainable communities. I’m looking forward to working with PlaceShapers in the coming years and learning from best practice in the social housing sector.”

Richard Hill, Chief Executive of One Housing said: “We are delighted to be joining Placeshapers, a network of housing associations committed to putting residents and customers at the centre of their organisations’ focus. At One Housing we’ve been working hard, with our employees and our residents, to renew our vision and values and to reconnect with our social purpose. We see joining Placeshapers as an important part of this process, partnering with organisations who share the same ethos.”

They join PlaceShapers network of community-focused housing associations. Together members:

  • have 850,000 homes
  • are building 88,000 more by 2022
  • provide services to more than two million people
  • re-invest 100% of profits into homes and communities
  • have helped more than 60,000 people into work since 2010.

PlaceShapers chair Sinead Butters said: “We welcome Hastoe and One Housing as our newest members. The diversity of our membership is testimony to diversity of our communities.  All PlaceShapers are driven by social purpose. We build more than homes - we shape communities and unite around shared values as a voice for change. This year our focus is the breadth and impact of how members care for residents and communities. Our We Care Day, when members pledged almost 3000 hours to go ‘over and above’, helped show this. Whilst we take great care in providing high-quality homes that are safe and well maintained, we also focus on the people who live in them, working with them and our wider partners to ensure we provide what’s needed.”

All members have signed up to the PlaceShaper ethos to

  • Put residents and customers at the centre of what we do and ensure they have real influence on our organisations.
  • Provide more than just landlord services because we care about the people and places where we work.
  • Build homes that respond to local housing need.
  • Recognise the importance of a local focus and work actively with our local authorities and other local partners to improve and shape places at both a strategic and operational level. 
  • Believe there's strength and benefit to residents and stakeholders in maintaining a strong, independent, diverse, values-driven housing association sector.


WeCare-Header for Twitter-GraphicAndrew Potter CEO Hastoe

Richard Hill CEO One Housing

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