Celebrating 20 Years of Progress
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
The official signing of the South Ribble Borough Council stock transfer in 1994 to New Progress Housing Association
The 1 April 2014, marked 20 years since the biggest large scale voluntary stock transfer of social housing in the North West, which led to the creation of the UK’s leading supported housing provider, and the formation of one of Lancashire’s best known housing organisations, Progress Housing Group.
In 1994, tenants of South Ribble Borough Council voted to transfer its 3,500 homes to the newly-formed New Progress Housing Association, a significant milestone for the Borough that helped shaped the thriving communities and deliver the high quality affordable homes evident today.
In 1998, Progress Housing Group was formed as a parent organisation to the help deliver the Association’s vision to provide housing and related services to a more diverse range of groups and communities. The Group’s subsidiary, Progress Care Housing Association, was also formed in 1998 as a specialist provider of supported housing solutions for individuals with a range of supports needs, from learning disabilities to mental health.
In 2009, the organisation celebrated yet another significant milestone when New Fylde Housing joined the Group. Latterly 2014 saw South Ribble charity, Key Unlocking Futures, also join the Group to enable the expansion of its services to support young people facing homelessness.
Today, Progress Housing Group manages over 10,400 properties across the UK. In addition to its 4,400 affordable homes for rent, the Group provides supported accommodation for those with learning disabilities and mental health needs, accommodation for keyworkers, supported housing for those experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse, and over 1,300 units of sheltered accommodation.
Progress Housing Group also provides an award-winning telecare emergency personal alarm service, Progress Lifeline, which enables over 10,000 people across Lancashire to live safely and independently in their own homes.
Over the next twelve months, Progress Housing Group will embark on a number of celebratory initiatives, including introducing a fresh look for the organisation through the launch of a new visual identity.
The housing group will also be supporting tenant, community and charitable events over the year to mark the occasion, as well as releasing 12 short films celebrating 20 years of Progress and its tenants, customers, communities and staff.
Jacqui De-Rose, Group Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group, said: “We are incredibly proud of how far we have come since 1994 and the key role the organisation has played in providing high quality affordable homes, and working with partner agencies to create sustainable and positive communities. This has included initiatives such as community centres, supporting community events and helping to tackle issues such as homelessness, worklessness and anti-social behaviour.
“This would not have been possible without the time and energy dedicated by our staff, board members, stakeholders, partner organisations and the customers and communities at the heart of our business.
“The hard work of our staff enabled us to fulfil all of the promises we made to tenants at the time of the stock transfer in 1994 and we have continued to build on this to create places where people are proud to live and work.”