Posted on 07 February 2017
Our efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour and homelessness have been recognised with two initiatives shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards, bringing the total number of nominations this year to three.
Hot on the heels of the shortlisting of the Hyde Quality Standard in the Outstanding approach to repairs and maintenance category, the our ASB online toolkit is up for the Outstanding innovation of the year award, while the Money House has been named a finalist in the Outstanding approach to tackling homelessness award.
The innovative online ASB toolkit has becoming the first port of call for staff and residents, with more than a thousand visitors every month.
“We are delighted the toolkit has been shortlisted,” said Hyde ASB Service Manager, Nic Haig. “The toolkit has made massive difference, enabling us to provide clear and consistent guidance to residents around anti-social behaviour, being clear about our service boundaries, explaining how we can help and also the role they play.
“By making more information and guidance available, the number of cases into the service has reduced by 25% which has enabled to focus our resources more effectively on the cases that require our attention. "
The Money House has been nominated for its work in cutting homelessness by helping young people in Greenwich become more financially-aware.
Hyde Plus Special Projects Manager Tom Gardiner said: “The Money House is equipping young people with knowledge, life skills and the confidence to avoid making poor financial choices that could put them into debt, ensuring they keep up with their rent and, ultimately, preventing them being evicted. We hope that being a finalist will help raise awareness of the need to engage with young people as early as possible - before they move into their own home.”
Tom added that the success of the Money House in Greenwich had seen it being rolled out into the London Borough of Newham. “The Money House is now being delivered by youth enterprise and financial education charity MyBnk, which will also provide flexible versions of the training to local authorities and landlords, adapted to their needs and budgets.”