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A group of housing associations, including Yorkshire Housing, have launched a Prospectus to put the housing needs of South Yorkshire at the heart of devolution and improve lives across the region.

The South Yorkshire Housing Prospectus has been produced by 12 housing associations that have homes across South Yorkshire.

The Prospectus outlines how the housing associations will work with the new Mayor of South Yorkshire, the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and local authorities to achieve five key housing ambitions. As well as building new affordable homes, the group has made a collective offer to collaborate on important areas such as boosting economic growth and employment; housing and health; preventing homelessness and, tackling climate change by making homes more energy efficient.

The Prospectus aims to bring housing to the forefront of policy making and investment decisions. It outlines the opportunity to combine the collective efforts of all the housing associations alongside the Combined Authority and its partners to deliver shared housing goals.

Housing associations own more than 30,700 homes across South Yorkshire and have built 1,339 new homes over the last five years. As businesses with a social purpose and expertise in building home and regeneration, they are ideally positioned to play an active role in helping to deliver the region’s housing agenda.

Speaking on behalf of the housing associations, Paul Common CEO of Arches Housing and chair of the Housing Providers Forum said:

“Housing is a vitally important priority for South Yorkshire. The housing associations working across South Yorkshire are already building new affordable, homes and tackling climate change by looking at how we can make homes more energy efficient.

By collaborating with the new South Yorkshire Mayor, alongside the Mayoral Combined Authority and its partners we can deliver even more, maximising the opportunity that devolution offers. It means we can deliver more for South Yorkshire, to benefit the region and those who have made it their home. “