Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East was invited by Christopher Holley, CEO of Harrow Churches Housing Association to view Paxfold sheltered scheme. Also present were Harrow Councillor Camilla Bath and Dave Smith, External Affairs Manager National Housing Federation.
They met Paxfold resident Yvonne Bourke who showed the visitors around her home. Yvonne remarked, ‘I must’ve done something good in my life to get to live somewhere like here!’
Caption left to right: Bob Blackman MP with tenant Yvonne Bourke, Christopher Holley CEO of HCHA and Harrow Cllr Camilla Bath.
Bob Blackman MP was impressed with the scheme and commented, ‘With property prices on the rise it’s more important than ever to have services available to vulnerable or elderly people experiencing housing difficulties and I commend the Harrow Churches Housing Association for the exceptional work they are doing to support people locally. I observed an impressive commitment to providing an environment suitable for those with physical restrictions, like the inclusion of full wet rooms instead of bathrooms for example, which is extremely important in ensuring those who may have to be in hospital frequently are then able to recuperate in their home environment.’
Christopher Holley said, ‘What makes Harrow Churches Housing Association stand out as a unique housing provider in our community is that we are flexible and able meet local needs and find bespoke solutions to very challenging issues around disability and older peoples housing. HCHA represents good value for money and we are always happy to work with partners.’
Dave Smith, External Affairs Manager, National Housing Federation said, ‘The recognition and respect shown for the work of Harrow Churches – both by the local MP and the local Ward Councillor – proved yet again what a valuable asset the organisation is within the local community. Chris and his team made a strong and eloquent case for more investment in decent homes, as the cornerstone of a healthy and happy old age.
David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation stated, ‘Housing Associations like Harrow Churches are continuing to deliver more with less, and developing new and innovative schemes that protect people from the worst excesses of this country’s housing crisis. From award-winning schemes like Paxfold through to their work with vulnerable client groups, I not surprised that Bob Blackman MP was rightly impressed with what he saw. It is excellent to see local housing associations continuing to build relationships and make the case for housing with elected politicians from all parties. Everybody deserves a decent home like the one Yvonne proudly showed Bob around on his recent visit. And through the engagement and work of Harrow Churches and other associations across the country we are able to make that case to government first hand, and help secure a better future and warm home for everyone who needs one.’