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Origin Housing joins Places for People



Today marks a significant milestone for the future of Origin as we have successfully completed our merger with Places for People.
When we started 100 years ago, our founders created innovative solutions to meet the desperate need for decent, affordable homes in our local communities. Over time Origin has adapted and grown, developing successful partnerships that have had a real impact in the areas we work. We see this as the next stage of our evolution, to continue making a difference to people’s lives.
This means that over the next 10 years an extra £100 million will be invested into resident’s homes.
Greg Reed, Group Chief Executive Officer of Places for People said: “This is such an exciting day and I welcome Origin Housing as part of the Places for People Group in a merger that will benefit everyone.
“This year will mark 100 years since Origin Housing was founded, and together we will build on this great legacy of delivering affordable, quality housing in this part of the country. We will be able to use our resources to invest an additional £100 million into these 7,800 homes so we can ensure they are improved and maintained to the best standard.
“We will also support a wider range of services in local communities by recruiting, retaining and developing skilled and hardworking staff who know the area. In the longer term we will be looking to create community hubs and will be investing in ways that customers can have a stronger voice on things that matter to them most.”
What happens next?
For the next year, Origin will continue as a subsidiary of Places for People.  This means that nothing changes for our residents. All services like repairs reporting, paying rent and service charges or raising issues with our customer resolution team or neighbourhood manager will continue to be delivered by existing staff from existing offices. There will be no change for Origin employees. The senior team will remain in place and, with the support of Places for People (and the Origin Board while we remain a subsidiary) we will continue to have oversight of our finances and governance.
Over the course of the year, we will be working with Places for People as they further develop their regional service model and to start to align our ways of working with the wider group. We will keep you informed as changes are planned.
Please get in touch if you have any questions, email communications@originhousing.org.uk.
We look forward to our next 100 years, with a genuine commitment to improve our services, people’s lives and communities as a whole.