Stockport Homes is celebrating ten successful years of managing council housing on behalf of Stockport Council.
The arm’s length management organisation (ALMO) was launched to improve Stockport’s housing stock in 2005, and surprised much of the housing sector by achieving a three-star rating from the Audit Commission in 2006, the highest possible, for its excellent services and innovation.
This achievement was soon followed by receiving an ‘A’ grade by regulators for its temporary accommodation schemes for homeless people in 2008 at the same time as establishing itself as a top public sector employer, something it has continuously maintained. In 2009, it became the first ALMO to build homes, completing its first new build homes in Brinnington.
In 2010, Stockport Homes completed its drive to bring all homes up to the Decent Homes Standard in line with government targets, before leading the way in the use of renewable energy to heat homes through biomass and solar energy.
Stockport Homes has won many awards. In 2013 was named 2nd Best Landlord in the country by 24Housing magazine, a title it renewed in 2015 after continuing its innovative contribution to helping the most vulnerable in society.
Helen McHale, Chief Executive said: “I’ve been with Stockport Homes for the duration of this journey and it’s been great to see the very real difference we have made to residents in Stockport. Both our staff and customers have a lot to celebrate this October.”
Stockport Homes’ Chair of Board David Wright said: “Stockport Homes really has transformed housing provision in the Borough, increasing supply and quality as well as providing more and better services for customers. Overseeing this for the last ten years, the contribution of my predecessor Roger Phillips has been remarkable and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him.”