Matrix ‘Forging Futures’ for 10th Anniversary
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health, Housing
Forging Futures II
The Matrix Housing Partnership will be publishing a vision for the future of social housing as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. Matrix, comprising partners the Accord Group, the Rooftop Housing Group, Trent & Dove Housing, Trident Social Investment Group and WATMOS Community Homes, will launch its ‘Forging Futures II’ book at the CIH conference in Manchester on 25th June. ‘Forging Futures II’ includes five essays authored by fourteen Matrix board members and senior staff with support from the Human City Institute ‘thinktank’. The five essays, which have a national reach, tackle the future of the home, inner city and rural housing, the integration of housing, health and social care, and how social landlords will continue to create future value as ‘economic powerhouses’.
Mike Pritty, Chair of the Matrix Housing Partnership, said: “Our book ‘Forging Futures II’ marks ten successful years of the Matrix Housing Partnership. It is partly a follow-up to ‘Forging Futures’, produced in the early days of Matrix to showcase our strategic thinking as a dynamic new housing partnership. ‘Forging Futures II’ builds on this but it is a more focussed document looking twenty years ahead to dovetail with the timescales set by the National Housing Federation in its Hothouse debate 2033. The book’s subtitle – ‘shaping homes, places and services’ - captures what Matrix is all about.”
“Through ‘Forging Futures II’, Matrix is exploring its destiny by scanning potential future landscapes. It will help guide our affordable housing development, deliver community-based and VFM services, employ ground-breaking technology, and generate substantial and growing economic value in both urban and rural locations – forging our own future in fact. Social purpose remains front and centre in the Matrix mission. But we recognise the pressures on public services arising from the lingering financial crisis, demographic changes, globalisation and climate change. So picturing what our future will look like, and how we can shape that future for the better is the essence of ‘Forging Futures II’.”
David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, who wrote the Foreword to ‘Forging Futures II’ said: “‘Forging Futures II’ makes a significant contribution to the debate about what 2033 holds for housing associations. It places the deployment of emergent technology at the centre of new housing development. It also envisages a promising future for both inner city and rural housing with localised service delivery utilising a range of approaches, including mutualism giving greater control by communities. And it rightly sees housing associations as creating value nationally, regionally and locally. ‘Forging Futures II’ predicts greater involvement by housing associations in business and employment creation, integration of housing health, and social care, and community development, as well as housing. It is a visionary document and does immense credit to the housing associations that make up the Matrix Housing Partnership.”