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12 Jul 2017

A New Opportunity for Growth

York Housing Association is pleased to announce that we have begun discussions to join newly-established Northern landlord, Karbon Homes.

 

Karbon Homes was established in April 2017 following an amalgamation with three organisations to create one large housing association.  Karbon Homes is one of the largest housing associations in the North East with an annual turnover of £115m and owns and manages around 24,000 homes.

 

We are discussing the possibility of joining Karbon Homes as a ‘wholly owned subsidiary' in other words, we will remain independent and will continue to deliver local services from our offices here in York and retain the strong brand and identity of YHA.

 

We believe this potential arrangement is a very good strategic fit and originates from our shared desire to create a financially strong, more flexible, efficient and resilient organisation.  It will enable both organisations to meet their respective strategic goals while delivering better value for money and enabling more investment in building new homes.

 

Being part of a larger organisation will protect and enhance the services we offer at a time when the housing sector is under pressure from welfare reforms and government cuts.  Working together with Karbon Homes will mean we will have access to a wider range of services and will be better placed to raise issues that concern or affect our tenants with local and national government. It will also provide more opportunities to build new properties, creating additional much needed homes for local households.

 

Talks are still at a relatively early stage and a number of key milestones have to be reached including Heads of Terms and the Business Case being approved by the respective Boards. However, if all goes to plan, we will legally become a member of Karbon Homes in December 2017 with a ‘go live' date in April 2018.

 

This is a very exciting opportunity and it is clear from our initial discussions that we are both like-minded organisations with a great deal in common and many complementary strengths.

 

We will be consulting with all tenants and our various stakeholders to give them an opportunity to ask any questions or raise concerns they may have.  The six-week consultation period will start mid August. Full details about our proposal will be included in the consultation document.

 

We will keep you informed of developments but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Kate Spencer on 01904 636061.

15 Jul 2016

TPAS Conference Feedback

Harry Worthington, one of our Tenant Scrutiny Panel members recalls the TPAS conference.

 

"I attended the 2016 TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) Conference on Tuesday 12 July.  I was made most welcome by the TPAS staff.  Once registered, the day began with the welcoming meeting presented by Jenny Osbourne, TPAS Chief Executive. Then Diane Bellinger, Chief Executive, Community Gateway Association gave us an inspiring address on tenant and community engagement. We were able to download all the tuition slides which made it easier to share and record. On the second day we were introduced to the Housing Ombudsman who took us through the complaints procedures and showed that over time they had decreased and resolving the complaints increased".

 

"I was invited to attend the annual general meeting for TPAS, it was mainly previous meetings minutes, financial reporting and the address of the newly elected Board chairman.  On Tuesday night we had a sit down meal followed by a 70's quiz, and 70's themed fancy dress disco. It was right up my street, I lived through that era and it gave me a huge memory boost"!

 

"I believe it would be greatly beneficial to all office staff at YHA to see tenants from all over the country and how hard they work, putting the projects together and to listen to the knowledge that is out there also to see another view of their (Officers) roles. I enlarged my new friend networking list and had a great time".

 

By Harry Worthington

 

25 Feb 2016

Tenant Satisfaction Survey the results are in!

Thank you to all of our tenants who took the time to fill in the Tenant Satisfaction Survey questionnaire at the end of last year.  We are really pleased with the results because they show that overall tenants are happy with YHA as their landlord.  However, there is always room for improvement and we are doing some further work to address the areas where tenants felt less satisfied with our services - more detail on this will be provided in the next Tenant Newsletter.  The table below shows the headline figures from the survey and you can follow the link to the full report.

 

Overall satisfaction with YHA as landlord

88%

Satisfaction with quality of home

88%

Satisfaction with the repairs service

86%

 

Tenant Satisfaction Survey Report

 

19 Feb 2016

York Central MP, Rachael Maskell visits Seventh Avenue scheme

York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, joined Julia Histon our Chief Executive earlier this week for a visit to a scheme which provides supported housing for those with physical and learning disabilities at Seventh Avenue in York. 

 

 

 

4 Dec 2015

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Essential maintenance to Allpay debit and credit card services

17 Apr 2015

Could you be an Estate Champion?

We are looking to recruit a number of Estate Champions to work with us to address issues and improve services for all our residents.

 

If you are interested in finding out more please complete an Estate Champion Form.

 

10 Apr 2015

Next Customer Panel meeting

Will be held on 30 April at 1.30pm - 4.00pm at our Alpha Court office.

 

If you would lke to find out more about our Customer Panel please speak to your Housing Officer or contact us on 01904 636061.

7 Apr 2015

24-hour care for tenants

Auden House tenants will now get round the clock care.  City of York Council and York Housing Association which owns and manages Auden House have launched 24-hour care, seven days a week, to help look after tenants in their 41 assisted living homes at Auden House.

8 Oct 2014

Support Services

Information sessions at Auden House, York for all residents on 4 December between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

8 Oct 2014

Jubilee Court is unveiled!

Residents joined the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, staff, Board members and the City of York Councils housing team to mark the opening of Jubilee Court, Elvington.

 

After the official ribbon cutting, tenants enjoyed an ice-cream in the sunshine whilst the younsters headed for the bouncy castle to celebrate the opening.

 

29 Aug 2014

£2 million affordable housing scheme completed in Elvington

YHA celebrated the completion of a £2 million affordable housing development, Jubilee Court yesterday.

2 Jul 2014

Homes for Britain

Julia Histon, Chief Executive, attended the Homes for Britain briefing and reception in London yesterday.

Homes for Britain is the successful coalition of the whole housing industry that the National Housing Federation established.  

An exciting plan to work together to make housing a key issue at the next General Election has been developed.

 

 

 

 

2 Jun 2014

YHA is placed in UK's top 50 social landlords

Another reason to celebrate our 50th anniversary!

 

YHA has been ranked among the best of the best after being placed in the top 50 social landlords in the UK.

 

The top 50 was compiled by 24Housing.

14 Mar 2014

YHA appointing new Chair of the Board

York Housing Association are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board to help take our organisation confidently into the future.

11 Mar 2014

YHA new Board appointment

We have appointed Michael Newbury, director at the National Audit Office, as non-executive chairman of audit with responsibilities for overseeing the association's finances.

 

Julia Histon, our Chief Executive, said "Michael's financial knowledge and expertise would be a great asset to growing the association, which currently provides 850 households in Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire.

17 Feb 2014

Housing Officer Surgery Dates

The next Pasture View Road surgery will take place in the Community Centre between 10am and 12 noon on 27 February.

The next Bretgate surgery will take place in the Community Centre between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on 4 March.

3 Feb 2014

Beverley Welcome

York Housing Association has been selected by The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust to take over ownership of 55 properties in East Yorkshire.

3 Feb 2014

YHA chosen for property maintenance contract

York Housing Association has been chosen to provide a repairs and maintenace service to over 300 properties in Selby and surrounding villages.

18 Dec 2013

Christmas Opening Times

Our York office will close from 12pm (noon) on Tuesday 24 December 2013 for the Christmas and New Year break. 

The office will re-open at 9am on Thursday 2 January 2013. 

During this time any emergency repairs can continue to be reported on 0845 6015676.

In addition we will be shut on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th December 2013 for the annual staff Christmas Lunch and again emergency repairs can be reported on 0845 6015676.

 

11 Oct 2013

YHA In Bloom Competition Winners

The annual YHA In Bloom competition this year had some of the highest quality plants and gardens we have ever seen. Board member Janet Whipps who carried out the judging said: "Everyone who entered the competition this year is to be congratulated."

The full list of competition winners is listed below.

16 Sep 2013

Affordable Homes Scheme Goes Ahead After York Housing Association Provides Funding

A £2 million development to provide 18 affordable homes for local people in Elvington is to go ahead after York Housing Association stepped in to provide funding.

31 May 2013

New drive to get jobless into work

A new initiative is being launched in York to help jobless people get back into work.

25 Mar 2013

City Housing Initiative

People in the York area can get high-quality housing for an affordable rent, thanks to a new initiative.

 

20 Mar 2013

Easter Holidays

The office will close at 5pm on Thursday 28 March for the Easter holiday and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2 April.

If you have an emergency repair over this period, please call our out of hours repairs line on 0845 601 5676.  Please note this service will only deal with emergency repairs and not repairs that can wait until the office reopens

11 Mar 2013

Tenants happy with homes

Almost 90 per cent of tenants at York Housing Association are happy with the overall service it provides.

21 Feb 2013

Hugh Bayley, MP visits the Scarcroft Project

Teenagers from our Scarcroft Project met with MP, Hugh Bayley on Friday 15 February 2013.  

The Scarcroft Project offers supported accommodation for nine people aged between 16 and 19, as well as helping a further 12 teenagers who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

17 Dec 2012

Christmas Opening Times

The office will close at noon on Monday 24 December 2012 for the Christmas and New Year break. 

The office will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2 January 2013. 

If you have an emergency repair over this period, please call our out of hours repairs line on 0845 601 5676.  Please note this service will only deal with emergency repairs and not repairs that can wait until the office reopens on 2 January.

5 Nov 2012

?12k Boost Delight for the Scarcroft Project

A huge cash boost for the Scarcroft Project, an initiative which helps the city's disadvantaged young people means it is now able to expand its services.

1 Nov 2012

Our Tenant Scrutiny Event

On 24th October we held a Tenant Scrutiny Event to raise awareness of our new Tenant Scrutiny Panel.

30 Oct 2012

Changes to Housing Benefit

How will changes to Housing Benefit affect you?  To find out more please click on this link to take you to further information.

22 Oct 2012

Call to tenants to help forge future of York Housing Association

A new tenants group is being set up to help forge the future of York Housing Association.

12 Oct 2012

York Homeless Prevention Scheme

Are you struggling to pay your mortgage or bills? Worrying about paperwork? Wish you had some help to get back on top of things?  If the answer is yes, our scheme could help you.

11 Oct 2012

Tenant Estate Inspectors sought!

We are currently looking to recruit Estate Inspectors who will help us to identify improvements to your estate or scheme.

11 Oct 2012

Office Closure

The office will close at noon on Wednesday 12 December 2012 to allow staff to attend the annual Christmas lunch.

The office will close again at noon on Monday 24 December 2012 for the Christmas and New Year break.  The office will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 2 January 2013.  The out of hours repairs telephone number is 0845 601 5676.

9 Oct 2012

Tenant Satisfaction Survey

The Tenant Satisfaction Survey has now been sent out to everyone.  We really appreciate your feedback - let us know how we are doing and help us to improve.

3 Oct 2012

YHA to create 33 new homes

York Housing Association is to create 33 new homes, including 12 family homes in York.

2 Oct 2012

Paul Atkins appointed as Development and Property Director

York Housing Association has appointed Paul Atkins as Director of Development and Property.

1 Oct 2012

New Board members

We have made two new appointments to our Board of Directors. 

13 Jul 2012

Browsing Performance

Two sixth form pupils have been working with us to get real life experience of website design.

27 Jun 2012

Diary Dates

Pasture View Road

Surgeries will continue to take place in the community centre on a monthly basis at 10am to 12 noon) on the following dates:

9th July
6th August
17th September

Auden House

Surgeries will commence on 18th June between the hours of 10am and midday, and Sue Scott will run these surgeries from the Resident's Lounges (other dates will be 18 July, 6 August and 17 September).

Bretgate

Surgeries will take place in the Community Centre, Tuesdays 2.30pm to 3.30pm on the following dates: 

26 July
30 August
4 October

3 May 2012

Art on show at Auden House

A season of exhibitions was launched yesterday when drawings, photographs and prints by Ryedale artist, Catherine Scriven went on display.

2 Mar 2012

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION SERVICE LAUNCHES TO PUBLIC IN YORK

A new service to help prevent homelessness in York was officially launched at the city's National Railway Museum on 29 February 2012. 

14 Feb 2012

Tuke Housing Association winds up after 40 years.

The future of 65 homes and eight jobs in York have been secured after York Housing Association took over a long running but struggling homes project.

19 Dec 2011

Hugh Bayley, MP visits Auden House

The MP for York Central visited Auden House on Friday, 16 December where he joined our residents for their Christmas quiz and enjoyed a tour of the complex.

9 Dec 2011

Christmas Closing

Please note the offices will be closed from 12 noon on Friday 23 December, reopening at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

The Association provides a full support service to tenants during the Christmas period.

Should you have an emergency repair, you should follow the normal out of hours emergency repair procedure by calling 0845 601 5676.

1 Dec 2011

15 new flats after social housing investment

York Housing Association is embarking on a series of new projects in Scarborough, York and East Yorkshire.

28 Oct 2011

New appointments to Board of Directors

Chairman, Jolyon Harrison (far right) and Chief Executive, Julia Histon (top left) have welcomed, from left, Pat Walton, Janet Whipps and Mike Leonard to the Board. 

16 Sep 2011

Building bright future

York Housing Association has strengthened its financial position while continuing to roll out a programme of new affordable housing and improved services to tenants, its Annual General Meeting was told yesterday.

29 Jul 2011

VIP visitors at Auden House

We were delighted to welcome two VIP visitors to Auden House recently.

Robert Napier, Chair of the Homes and Communities Agency (pictured above) was accompanied on 21 June by HCA and CoYC officers, as well as Councillor Tracey Simpson Laing, cabinet member for housing in York.  He was able to meet with some of the residents and was shown round the scheme.

Alison Seabeck MP, Shadow Minister for Housing visited the scheme on 27 July.

24 Mar 2011

The Terrace Caf

The new place to visit for Costa Coffee is The Terrace Café at Auden House.

18 Mar 2011

Blanket Coverage!

A friendship quilt inspired by York poet W H Auden has gone on display at Auden House.

 

4 Mar 2011

The Gates

York Housing Association, together with Tees Valley Housing and City of York Council are embarking on a new adventure in the housing market.

1 Mar 2011

Apartments available at our new extra care scheme

Our new 41 apartment extra care scheme at Auden House is now open and we are inviting people to apply for tenancies.

If you are a single person or couple aged 55 or over and need housing with care or support, please contact us.

14 Dec 2010

ON THE BUSES WITH YORK HOUSING ASSOCIATION

Early in December our tenants were invited to climb aboard a roaming campervan to talk about the everyday issues that affect their lives.

4 Nov 2010

'Comments Campervan' heading your way!

The Tenants Services Authority's pink camper van has now been transformed into a ‘Comments Campervan' for organisations to use to get out and about to talk to their tenants.  The Campervan has been fitted out with comfortable seats and recording equipment so that tenants can sit in comfortable surroundings and record their suggestions on how their landlord could provide them with a better service. 

24 Sep 2010

Streets ahead for fun!

It was party time as dozens of residents came together for an afternoon of fun!

29 Jul 2010

Association's help for tenants

Tenants across the country could soon be getting much needed advice on repairs thanks to a pioneering service we are offering.

22 Jul 2010

They were absoblooming lovely!

15 July saw our annual YHA in Bloom competition take place. 

14 Jul 2010

Housing Officers Retire

Two Housing Officers who helped to improve the quality of life of hundreds of York tenants have retired.

12 Jul 2010

York Design Awards 2010

York Housing Association have once again received an award at the York Design Awards event held on Wednesday 30 June.

12 Jul 2010

Year rent free offer to firms

We are offering free premises for a bistro, a hairdressers and a shop at Auden House, Horsman Avenue, York. 

8 Jul 2010

Laying foundations of design

Artists and residents have worked together to create decorative bricks for Auden House.

15 Jun 2010

Work begins on the Regent Street, Discus site

Demolition work is underway as the scheme to build more than 50 new houses and flats goes ahead in York.

 

9 Apr 2010

Tenants have given York Housing Association the thumbs up!

In the recent Tenant Satisfaction Survey the vast majority said the Association was responsive and effective in deliverying services.

8 Apr 2010

Support Customer Event

Over 40 customers who receive a support service from YHA attended an event on 31 March. 

2 Feb 2010

LANDLORDS WANTED!

York Housing Association urgently needs

1 & 2 bed Houses/Flats for leases of up to two years in York, North Leeds and Harrogate areas for young professionals.

 

2 Feb 2010

Housing Minister visits York Housing Association

Housing Minister, John Healey joined by York Labour's housing spokesperson,  Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing visited our offices this week and met our Chief Executive, Christine Storrs.

1 Feb 2010

New Homes for Discus Tenants

The first residents of a new housing development in York are set to move in this week.

10 Dec 2009

The Golden Triangle

York Housing Association has been chosen by the "Golden Triangle" Local Authorities (Leeds, York and Harrogate) to pilot a scheme to provide properties leased from the private sector for deferred first time buyers and for move-on accommodation.

 

 

 

28 Nov 2009

New Arrivals at ?2.2M complex

"It's like a fairytale to us". that was the reaction of new dad Sean Gyte after he moved with his partner Beth and one month old baby Aiden into a new affordable home development near York.

 

4 Nov 2009

Christmas Closing

Please note the offices will be closed from 12 noon on 24 December, reopening 4 January 2010.

The Association provides a full support service to tenants during the Christmas period.

17 Sep 2009

Update on homes swap

More than 50 residents of the Discus pre fabricated bungalows in York who are waiting to move into a new £20 million housing scheme have been given a progress report on their new homes.

17 Sep 2009

New Housing Support Service luanched in North East Lincolnshire

York Housing Association has been chosen by North East Lincolnshire Council to provide housing support services to the area's growing ethnic population.

1 Sep 2009

York's 'Discus Bungalows' to be replaced as part of ?20 million housing redevelopment

The first bricks have been laid in the redevelopment of a major affordable housing scheme in York.

11 Aug 2009

Respect - we've got it!

As part of our ongoing commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour we have signed up to the Government's Respect Standard for Housing.

4 Jun 2009

Everyone needs good neighbours'

Good neighbours became good friends, as more than 150 residents joined together for a series of street parties in York to celebrate Neighbours' Day.

10 Mar 2009

New Regulator To Champion Tenants’ Interests

A new powerful regulator is to oversee the quality of services which housing association and council tenants receive.

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