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Metropolitan Housing joins GUAC

Housing Association Metropolitan Housing, is the latest group to become a member of GUAC and a champion of training and employment opportunities.

With more than 90,000 residents based in London, the East of England and the East Midlands, Metropolitan is one of the largest in London and provides affordable housing as well as social housing.

Metropolitan Housing began in the 1950s in Tottenham and Brixton, London and was set-up specifically to provide homes for immigrants from the Caribbean, with initial funding coming from Lady Molly Huggins, wife of the Governor of Jamaica.

By the late 1960s they had expanded to provide co-ownership homes in the East Midlands and by the 1990s they managed 6,500 properties. By this time the organisation provided homes for residents regardless of origin and had expanded, working with a number of different associations.

Metropolitan offer a huge range of services to their customers, from employment and training support, to respite care and supporting refugees.

Ian Simpson, Chair of GUAC said, “It’s great news that Metropolitan have decided to join GUAC. They do some great work and have an inspiring approach to supporting tenants, they’re a very welcome addition to the team!”

Metropolitan describe their approach to supporting their tenants as, ‘We are committed to supporting people to live as independently and with as much choice and control over their life as possible. This includes support plans that help people to identify their strengths, set their own goals and monitor progress.’

Metropolitan plan to build 3,300 new homes by 2019.

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