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Partnership meets with Mayor sparking renewed hope for affordable homes

Housing association leaders from across South Yorkshire met with South Yorkshire Mayor, Oliver Coppard, as the South Yorkshire Housing Partnership celebrated its first year.  

The partnership was launched last year to bring together housing associations, the four local authorities, and the Combined Authority to deliver more affordable homes and to support the mayors ambitions for housing across the region. It provides a single focus for all social housing related policy and delivery across South Yorkshire, where there are now 32,000 households on housing waiting lists.

Discussions with the Mayor focused on his priorities, how the partnership and mayor can work together on health and housing, homelessness, sustainability, jobs and the green economy as well as improving access to housing to help tackle the shortage of affordable homes across South Yorkshire. Both the mayor and partnership are keen to harness the power of collaboration and exploit the benefits that devolution will bring to the region.

As well as delivering hundreds of new affordable homes across South Yorkshire the partnership has been working closely with the four Local Authorities and the Combined Authority to develop the housing agenda for the region. This has included work to ensure a strong pipeline of new affordable homes, supporting South Yorkshire to achieve its net zero ambitions, and contributing to the economic growth of the region.

The partnership has also been collaborating on homelessness and homelessness prevention with a shared vision for housing and health across South Yorkshire. By leveraging collective expertise and resources, the partnership aims to create an environment where individuals and families can access quality, affordable housing options that contribute to overall well-being and a vibrant community.

Matthew Harrison, Chair of the South Yorkshire Housing Partnership, said: “It’s been a difficult year for many people across South Yorkshire, owing to high inflation and a squeeze on household incomes.

“Housing is a key factor in people’s health, wellbeing and overall life experience. We know that the supply of affordable homes needs to be greatly increased.

“We are encouraged by the work taking place in South Yorkshire and we know that when we work together and at scale, we can achieve more.

“There is plenty more to be done but we’re proud of the start we’ve made, and we look forward to continuing to work with the mayor and all local authorities to deliver for the region.”

South Yorkshire’s Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “Decent housing is a basic human right, because where we live shapes how we live. Our homes shape our health, wealth, wellbeing, and our access to opportunities.

“Across South Yorkshire we need more affordable, warm, and sustainable homes. But there is no quick fix. That’s why the work of the South Yorkshire Housing Partnership is so important.

“We’re already working at pace to respond to our region’s housing issues. We’re rolling out a retrofit programme to undertake vital works on our existing housing stock, making homes more energy efficient and cheaper to run. We’re supporting the development of new, affordable homes through the £53m Brownfield Housing Fund. We’re attracting new investment from private financing and pension funds. And we’re convening a multi-agency response to tackle homelessness in the region.

“We know that more needs to be done, and this work is just the start. The South Yorkshire Housing Partnership gives all partners the foundations to realise to our shared vision: that warm, safe, healthy, green, and beautiful homes should be available to all.”

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