Yorkshire Housing has pledged to support those who serve or have served in the armed forces. As part of its commitment, Yorkshire Housing will offer support to those leaving the armed forces, or who have previously served, to find a home and also provide support to allow veterans to live independently.
Part of Yorkshire Housing’s commitment is to offer a guaranteed interview to applicants who do or have served in the armed forces, where the essential criteria is met. The support being offered will also extend to existing Yorkshire Housing employees who have partners serving in the armed forces.
The pledge will also see more work within communities and local veteran groups as well as supporting local cadets and actively engaging in activities for Armed Forces Day.
Commenting on signing the Covenant, Director of Customer Services, Cath Owston said:
“We are proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces Covenant. We have made a number of commitments which will allow us to support current or former members of the armed forces, whether that be via employment, finding a home with us or within our communities. As an employer of over 600 staff and provider of 18,000 homes with another 8,000 planned, we feel we can make a valuable contribution.
“We are proud to sign up to this covenant which fits in perfectly with our core values, mission, and vision which is to make it possible to have a place you’re proud to call home. We know that a safe and secure home is a foundation for everyone and we also understand that members of the Armed Forces, particularly veterans, are disproportionately represented as being at risk of homelessness for many reasons. With this in mind we are committed to offering our support to improve housing choices for all those who serve or have served.”
Pauline King, Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association said:
“The Armed Forces Covenant is a great way for employers to show their commitment to the military and we are delighted to have Yorkshire Housing on board. We look forward to working with Yorkshire Housing as it delivers on the pledges it has made to treat the military fairly and with respect.”