Plymouth Community Homes is 10!
The city’s largest landlord is turning 10 today and recently marked the occasion by holding an awards ceremony to celebrate the work and lives of just some of its fantastic residents.
Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) owns over 15,000 properties in the city including 170 shops and is landlord to over 35,000 people.
It is one of the city’s largest not-for-profit organisations employing over 650 people with an annual turnover in the region of £68M and has contributed to the growth and prosperity of the city with significant investment over the last decade.
The enterprising company also runs two ‘for-profit’ subsidiaries Plumer House and PCH Manufacturing, whose profits are invested back into PCH to build more social and affordable homes in Plymouth.
Chief Executive of PCH, John Clark, who took over as leader from former CEO, Clive Turner, almost four years ago said: “The 10-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.
“To mark our anniversary we wanted to recognise some of the amazing things our residents and communities do by holding an awards night dedicated to them at the Guildhall. This was a real celebration of all the best things about social housing and the communities we create together with our residents – kindness, dedication and support for each other. It was an inspiring and moving evening that captured exactly what it means to be part of PCH.”
PCH was created when ownership was transferred from Plymouth City Council on 20 November 2009 to become an independent housing association following a vote by tenants.
Since then the organisation has done amazing things for people and properties across the city, including building new homes in Southway and Whitleigh, and regenerating North Prospect to transform the neighbourhood into a thriving community.
The organisation’s ongoing refurbishment programme has also breathed new life into old buildings, transforming prominent blocks of flats on High Street and Exeter Street, with works currently ongoing at Teats Hill and Budshead Road.
It has also completed large-scale fire safety improvement works at the Mount Wise Towers in Devonport including fitting sprinklers and removing and replacing combustible cladding.
Mr Clark continued: “This year, in addition to celebrating 10 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.
”We wanted to tie together these two important milestones for social housing in the city and so we are launching our 100 stories to celebrate the difference social housing makes to people’s lives.”
To further mark its 10th birthday and 100 years of social housing, PCH plans to share 100 stories by releasing 10 stories a day over the next 10 days featuring people sharing their experiences of social housing, important PCH news from over the years and local figures sharing their thoughts about the importance of social housing.
The first 10 stories include Mr Clark’s own story about the importance of social housing referencing his own experience and can be found at www.100storiespch.co.uk
If you have a story about social housing you’d like to share with PCH, email firstname.lastname@example.org.