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Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Metropolitan launches independence project

25 February 2015

Metropolitan has launched a research project into the housing sector’s role in creating greater social value – beyond putting a roof over people’s heads.

Housing associations have a strong tradition of providing access to jobs and training and fostering cohesion in the communities they work in but beyond that what more should the housing sector be doing – how can housing associations provide greater social value?

The project, Beyond Bricks and Mortar, will look at how housing providers:

  • Provide access to employment, volunteering and training
  • Provide access to affordable home ownership
  • Support people to remain independent through targeted care and support services
  • Make best use of social housing to help people in greatest need

We are gathering evidence from a wide range of organisations and individuals and are looking to find examples of best practice and opportunities for doing more.

To inform the project we have put together a short survey and welcome views from anyone with experience of the housing and care and support sectors. Click here to take part.

We’ll report our findings later this year.

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