Tenant-owned social landlord invites bids on £500,000 fund
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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London’s first resident-owned social landlord has launched a new £500,000 funding scheme to give tenants a direct say on projects in their area.
Phoenix Community Housing's community chest fund has been created as part of efforts to encourage even more of its 12,000 residents to get involved in their community in the Downham, Bellingham and Whitefoot wards of south Lewisham.
The fund will offer residents and organisations up to £100,000 a year for projects that will improve people’s lives over the next five years.
Phoenix tenants will be able to vote on their favourite bids for larger grants.
Jim Ripley, Pheonix's chief executive, said: “As London’s first community gateway housing association, we’re owned by residents and led by them. That means they have a direct say on how we provide services.
“We now want to give residents even more control over projects and initiatives in their area. Our new community chest fund means that tenants can vote on their favourite bids based on their knowledge of what will make the most difference to their community.
“I hope residents and local organisations will take the opportunity to bid for funding and work with us in our efforts to build a better future for the Phoenix area.”
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