Background to Elim Housing
Elim Housing was established in 1973 and comprises Elim Housing Association and Elim Housing Services. The association is a charitable registered social landlord (RSL) registered with the Financial Services Authority under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 (No. 16402R) and is also registered with the Homes and Communities Agency under the Housing Associations Act 1985 (No. LH0977).
The association owns and manages around 800 homes in England and Wales and this comprises a diverse stock of general needs and supported housing. Our portfolio includes flats and houses both rented and sold to shared owners and shared housing. Our main focus for new development is in the four key local authorities of Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucester and South Gloucestershire.
Housing and support services are provided for our residents from the head office and local office bases in other areas. The association also provides management services for Sarsen Housing Association in Bristol and North Somerset and for the Barnwood Trust in Gloucester.
Elim Housing has around 50 staff and we rely on their commitment, energy and skills to deliver our business plan. Staff training and development are key parts of business strategy and this is reflected in our re-accreditation for in Investors in People in 2010.
In our current business plan the Board has confirmed that Elim Housing should continue to grow as a provider of housing and support services. We have now set ambitious development targets for the future.
Elim is attractive to partners for the following reasons:
- We have a very strong ethos of supporting all our residents
- we have a strong local presence and are the right size to make quick decisions
- we focus on forging new alliances with statutory and other organisations which lead to new development opportunities for both parties
- we are flexible in the way we work with partners and can adapt to meet their needs.
Over the past year or so, the association has continued to develop and grow and respond positively to the changing economic and political environment.
Some notable recent achievements include:
- Membership of the West of England Housing Delivery Partnership,
- Agreement of a three year management agreement with the Barnwood Trust,
- Delivering 87 new properties in Bristol and Gloucester over the past year,
- Implementing the Skills for Life programme to support the training and resettlement of residents in our supported housing projects,
- A range of promotional events, including a meeting in Gloucester with leading city and county organisations,
- Installing photovoltaic panels to generate electricity on a range of existing buildings,
- Membership of the Bristol Housing Futures project board.