Glasgow Housing Association

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Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is one of the largest social landlords in the UK, with more than 50,000 tenants and 26,500 factored homeowners across Glasgow.[1]

Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) is a not-for-profit company created in 2003 by the then Scottish Executive for the purpose of owning and managing Glasgow's social housing stock. GHA took over ownership of Glasgow City Council’s housing stock after a ballot of tenants.[2]

Since initial stock transfer GHA has invested £1billion modernising tenants’ homes. The majority of homes have benefited from new kitchens and bathrooms, Secured by Design doors and windows, new roofs, overcladding and new central heating.[3]

GHA has also built hundreds of new homes for social renting across the city. The first phase saw 259 homes built in the North of Glasgow. The majority of the new homes were rented to former tenants of the iconic Red Road high rise flats which are earmarked for demolition in the future. The second phase of more than 400 new homes are being built across nine sites.[4][5]

GHA’s Board is made up of tenants, independent members and local councillors. GHA’s network of local offices are run by tenant led committees. At the end of 2010, after a review of GHA’s governance arrangements, new Area Committees were established in the North, South, East and West of the city to give tenants and factored homeowners more local control. These committees are made up of tenants and other community representatives and make decisions for their areas.[6]

In 2010/2011 GHA carried out a restructure, moving more staff to the frontline. More services were moved to local offices including welfare benefits, fuel advice and furnished lets.[7]

Second Stage Transfer[edit]

GHA has an agreed programme in place to give thousands of tenants a vote on whether they want their homes to transfer from GHA to community ownership under a process known as Second Stage Transfer.

To date almost 5000 homes have transferred to community-based housing associations.[8] [9] [10]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • GHA The official corporate site
  • GHA Business Plan - The GHA's 30-year business plan - freely available
  • City Strolls - A Glasgow news and opinion site with a lot of material on Glasgow's housing
  • Glasgow Residents Network - A blog-style site providing information on housing in Glasgow and details of much of Glasgow's independent (not state-supported) residents' associations.