Special day for social housing providers and tenants

Today marks 100 years since the 1919 Housing Act became law and all local authorities were required to provide council housing.

Our tenants have been telling us what living in social housing means to them.

Lynn Armstrong (pictured) moved to a PCH home in Plympton with her sister and nephew after years of living in inadequate private sector accommodation.

She said: “I’ve never lived in social housing before. It’s my first experience but I would praise PCH to the highest level. There aren’t enough places like this for people. I’m well aware it could have gone to someone else. We’re very lucky. We have peace of mind living here.”

Rose Robinson also loves her home, which is one of the oldest social housing properties in Plymouth.

Social housing in the city pre dates the 1919 Housing Act. Some of the oldest homes in Plymouth can be found in Armada Street, Laira Bridge Road, Looe Street and How Street, close to the historic Barbican.

Barbican resident Rose talks about her experiences of social housing in the video below.

We recently ran a competition asking residents to put into words what social housing means to them.

Paul Lane, of Honicknowle, was named the winner. This is what he wrote:

After being the main carer for my mother for over 16 years, the inevitable happened and she passed from this world at the age of 92. Although she had found peace, my life of uncertainty was about to begin. This is where Plymouth Community Homes came up trumps. Losing a loved one is trauma enough, but to compound that by taking away the family home with all its memories of over 25 years would have been unbearable. After a quick assessment that I was able to cope with managing the property and paying the rent, they signed the lease over to me. One of the hurdles to getting my life back on track was overcome easily. Well done PCH for being so understanding at a time of such need.

We’ve got a host of events lined up over the next few weeks and months to mark the centenary.

On Tuesday 30 July, we’re holding a Homes Expo at the Beacon in North Prospect.

There will be face painting, a BBQ, selfie mirror, fancy dress competition, gardening workshops, vintage board games, vintage sweet making and ancestry searching.

Our staff will also be on hand to offer practical demonstrations to residents in cleaning, painting and decorating and digital skills.

It runs from 10am to 4pm and all residents are invited.

Over the coming months, we’ll also be collecting 100 stories and photos of residents which will be revealed in time for PCH’s own 10th anniversary in November.

If you have any photos or stories of your own from years gone by, send them to us by emailing: news@plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk