Passionate about providing outstanding homes
The ten-year anniversary of the creation of PCH is a milestone worth celebrating. The transformation of the business over the last decade reflects the amazing city, communities and people the organisation was set up to serve.
Clive Turner, as Chief Executive, and Peter Ebsworth, followed by Elaine Pellow as Chair, were at the helm as more than £250m was invested to modernise homes, improve services and give a voice to the tenants and residents living in social housing across the city.
The regeneration of North Prospect was pivotal in tackling years of decline and underinvestment. It transformed the area into a place where local people choose to live and thrive. More recently, we’ve started to build new homes and create new communities. Last year, for the first time since being established, we ended the year with more homes than we began with.
This year, in addition to celebrating ten years of PCH, we also celebrate 100 years of social housing. This began when Parliament passed the historic ‘Addison Act’ in 1919, which promised Government subsidies to help finance the construction of 500,000 houses within three years.
“PCH was set up to make a difference 10 years ago and will continue to do that for the next 10 years and beyond”John Clark, PCH Chief Executive
With the loss of more than 4.5 million homes in the UK between 1979 and 2017 through Right To Buy, I believe social housing is more important now than ever. I am proud that the Board and staff of PCH remain as committed now as they were 10 years ago to maintaining our role as a ‘housing association with a clear social purpose, providing homes and services people want and can afford’.
I was born and raised in Middlesbrough and grew up living in social housing. I know what it feels like to have a real sense of community, understanding right from wrong, what it is to support each other when things get tough and the importance of family. A lot of things have changed over the last decade but these characteristics are as true now as ever, and our recent PCH Resident Awards recognise and celebrate the best of our tenants and residents and the communities they live in.
As we look to the next 10 years, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot more to do. There are too many people in our city without a place to call home, a roof over their head, someone to believe in them and/or give them a hand up.
PCH was set up to make a difference 10 years ago and will continue to do that for the next 10 years and beyond. We will continue to improve existing homes and build new homes, support people to gain essential skills, to improve their health and wellbeing, to get a job and ultimately show them that someone cares and listens to what they have to say. That’s our mission and the last 10 years tell us that by working ‘together with tenants’ we can achieve it and more…
John Clark is Chief Executive of PCH and is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership of the organisation, working with the Board and Executive Management Team.