Blog: 2012

New data tools allow housing staff to understand social trends

by Matt Leach - on 10/12/2012

From mental health rates to employment, housing providers can map their properties and community work against local statistics.

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Community Insight: A new open data tool for housing providers

by Matt Leach - on 07/12/2012

With the long-term economic outlook decidedly gloomy, HACT's CEO Matt Leach talks about the new range of tools that HACT is developing to equip housing providers for a challenging future.

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Re-Made in Dagenham

by Line Algoed - on 30/11/2012

HACT's Housing Intern Line Algoed, who is currently working on the self-help housing project, visits a site in Essex to see how community grants made from the DCLG's Empty Homes Programme are turning around both empty properties and the community.

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A new economy for housing: investing in social enterprise

by John Coburn - on 16/11/2012

With the long-term economic outlook bleak, HACT's Network Coordinator John Coburn comments that an innovative approach is required to look into new opportunities for tenant employment.

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Looking beyond land use in neighbourhood planning: What resources should we be scouting for?

by Zoe Savory - on 15/11/2012

HACT's current Housing Intern Zoe Savory discusses the recent 'Building neighbourhoods that people want to live in' HACT workshop and considers how the sector can effectively target investment within their neighbourhood planning agenda.

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Kill Wonga: Or How Could Housing Associations Work With Community Organisers?

by Matthew Gardiner - on 14/11/2012

HACT's Board member Michael Gardiner reflects on his own career in housing and believes that community organisers and housing associations can team together to move the sector forward.

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Neighbourhood Planning: Are we missing the point?

by Pat Jones - on 14/09/2012

HACT's Partnerships and Insight Manager Pat Jones discusses the opportunities that new neighbourhood planning rights present and why creativity there is a need for providers to think creatively.

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Community led planning: what can CRTB offer us?

by Andrew Van Doorn - on 10/08/2012

HACT's Deputy CEO Andrew Van Doorn discusses the opportunities that Community Right to Build can bring, and reflects on how housing providers can support their communities to really make a success of it.

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Social Enterprise, Social Impact, Social value?

by Matt Leach - on 13/07/2012

HACT's CEO Matt Leach highlights the important role of housing associations as community-focused social enterprises and what that might mean for the changing ways in which they do business

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The challenges ahead: housing and worklessness

by John Coburn - on 11/07/2012

HACT's Network Coordinator John Coburn writes about the current issues faced by housing associations in relation to tenant worklessness.

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