Silva is supporting homes at the heart, a campaign and coalition calling on the government to put social homes at the heart of its plan for social and economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for secure, high quality, affordable homes and, for many people, support to live in them. Some of the worst affected by the crisis in the South East include low-paid key workers living in homes they can’t afford, rough sleepers, homeless families in temporary accommodation, older people in unsupported homes, and families stuck in overcrowded conditions.
Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the stability of a home and supporting communities. We believe that investing in social housing, in all its forms, will help the local area recover from this crisis by boosting the economy, creating jobs and improving people’s lives at a time when the region needs it most.
Dasos Christou, our executive director (customer relations), added: “Through the homes at the heart campaign, we are calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. Our teams are working extremely hard to improve our services, support our customers and build more high-quality homes, but greater investment from the government would help us improve the lives of more people.”
Our 230 colleagues have been working from home and on the frontline throughout the pandemic. The team has continued to provide essential services for its 14,000 customers and has worked especially hard to keep its 2,500+ isolating and vulnerable customers well.
In April, we set up a free delivery service for essential supplies and a ‘phone pals’ programme to keep isolating customers connected to the Silva community. Our independent living customers, aged over 55, have also received daily welfare checks, gifts on special occasions (such as VE day) and surprises. This 100th birthday celebration at Broadway House, Sandhurst was a highlight.
The homes at the heart campaign is a partnership between Chartered Institute of Housing, Crisis, National Federation of ALMOs, Association of Retained Council Housing and National Housing Federation; along with over 60 supporters from across different sectors – from Carers UK to NatWest.
For more information on the #HomesAtTheHeart campaign, visit: www.housing.org.uk/HomesAtTheHeart