On Monday 24th November, Harrow Churches Housing Association celebrated fifty years of providing social housing by hosting a reception at the House of Commons. The reception was attended by Gareth Thomas MP for West Harrow, Bob Blackman MP for Harrow East, Nick Hurd MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, Harrow Mayor Cllr Ajay Maru, the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Catherine Dann, Harrow Council staff and councillors including Sue Anderson and Camilla Bath. Other guests included representatives from the National Housing Federation, HCHA’s partners, funders and Board members.
Gareth Thomas praised the staff and board of HCHA and announced, ‘I’m pleased that HCHA has a robust and rosy future ahead, as it grows. I hope that HCHA will always have Harrow at its heart as it expands. I’m particularly pleased that it is focussed on the needs of Harrow’s most vulnerable citizens. I think you’ve done a fantastic job over the past fifty years and look forward to the next fifty!’
Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ajay Maru said, ‘Congratulations to HCHA on their golden jubilee. This summer I visited one of their schemes St Barnabas and I saw for myself what a wonderful job they’re doing for elderly Harrow residents. We look forward to our continued partnership between HCHA and the council.’
Cllr Catherine Dann, Mayor of Hillingdon said, ‘I’m honoured to attend this anniversary marking HCHA’s work in providing housing in Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. HCHA started working in Hillingdon in 2011and has a small but growing provision of affordable housing for families in Hillingdon. Thank you very much for supporting families in all of the boroughs.’
Barry Ingate, Chair of HCHA Board added, ‘We’ve grown through exciting times and achieved what we set out to deliver, thanks to our diverse Board. We’re fortunate to have caring and enthusiastic staff to enable us to proceed.
We now have over £25m worth of assets and we aim to continue the charitable purposes we were set up for and grow the Association.’