Social home swapping service registers 1,000,000th member
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A service that allows social home tenants to swap their homes has registered its one millionth member.
HomeSwapper, which launched in 2007, allows people living in social homes to register online and advertise their homes for people who are looking to exchange their own.
The service enables 29,000 families to swap their homes and move to residences more suitable to their needs every year.
The number of landlords registered with HomeSwapper has also risen, with over 850 now signed up. HomeSwappers' landlords collectively bring 3,000,000 social households to the service.
John Carthew, managing director at Housing Partners, the company behind HomeSwapper, said: "We’ve been working hard for the past five years to make HomeSwapper the best and most successful Mutual Exchange service in the UK and this milestone has proved the value in our efforts.
"We’ve also been working to increase our ethical and social impact so welcoming our one millionth member has been a great cause of celebration for all at Housing Partners and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able help over 2,000 households per week find a new home in 2012. It’s been a great end to a great year for HomeSwapper and we only hope we can increase the number of households that HomeSwapper helps in 2013."
Victoria, a tenant who successfully exchanged her home through HomeSwapper, said: "We swapped our two-bedroom 2nd floor flat for a larger three-bedroom house. Never thought it would be possible but it just goes to show it is! Without HomeSwapper we would never have found our exchange partner so thanks again! We’re very happy!"