Posted on 17 July 2019
Hyde Foundation, our community investment team, achieved fantastic results in 2018-2019, helping more residents to improve their life chances and creating sustainable and safe communities.
Hyde Foundation works with vulnerable residents to help them sustain their tenancies and aims to pre-empt wider community issues, addressing them before they become a problem. Between April 2018 and March 2019, the team:
- Helped 80 households avoid eviction
- Brought in £2.7m to Hyde, through increased rent payments and backdated benefits
- Improved the health and wellbeing of 2,000 older people through community programmes
- Supported 227 residents to complete employment training
- Helped 195 people find jobs
- Engaged with 4,903 young people at risk of involvement in ASB and youth violence
- Created £5m in social value (based on HACT calculations) through the Successful Places team’s partnership work in Hyde communities.
Susan Stockwell, Chief Customer Officer said: “These are brilliant results. We had a number of successes this year but we were particularly proud to have led a partnership with five other social landlords and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, to investigate the link between mental health problems and rent arrears.
“We found that between 30% and 50% of residents in arrears experience poor mental health and that simple changes to income collection can make a big difference to both individuals and the amount of rent collected.
“Our ‘breathing space’ approach provides respite from collection activities when residents engage with debt advice and other support services. This approach is being widely adopted throughout the housing sector.
“We are delighted with the achievements of the last year, which has seen us continue to support residents as part of meeting our social purpose: to put roofs over more people’s heads and improving their life chances.”
Read this year’s Hyde Foundation Impact report for more details of our successes over the past twelve months.