The Northern Housing Summit took place earlier this month, attended by over 180 representatives from housing associations and local authorities. The day had three main themes running throughout – future vision and ambition, quality and place, and capacity, delivery and regulation.
Our Chief Executive, Tracy Harrison welcomed delegates to the event, recognising that we face unique challenges in the sector at this time and quoting Amiel: ‘Uncertainty is the refuge of hope’. We certainly have experienced uncertainty, with nine housing ministers in nine years – and one (Gavin Barwell) is present today. Tracy went on to say the NHC is not waiting for direction at a national level.
Engagement with our members was at 94% last year and it’s currently higher this year. She defined our focus which is on influencing and the vital role for the #OurNorth programme. She talked about the research we have commissioned with CaCHE and our work on the Private Rented Sector (both showcased later during the event). As well as this we announced the launch of our new MyNHC platform – on online portal to make our members lives earlier.