Two North East based social landlords officially launch a new partnership for the benefit of their customers and communities.
Formed in 1976, Darlington Housing Association (DHA) is a small, charitable housing association, owning over 260 properties. North Star brings together the skills, resources and values of Endeavour and Teesdale Housing Associations, creating homes and building futures across the North East.
North Star have been managing services on behalf of DHA for several years and as a result of this successful partnership DHA has decided to join North Star as a subsidiary of the group.
Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive for North Star said: “The external environment has become increasingly challenging for small housing associations, with rent reductions and changes to Welfare Reform. DHA share our strong vision and values, they pride themselves in providing decent, affordable homes and most importantly giving people more than a place to live.
“We’re very excited to have DHA join the North Star family; we can now share resources, costs and expertise for the benefit of so many more tenants across the North East. And that’s what it’s all about for us, making a genuine difference to the people in our communities. By joining forces with DHA we can make strategic decisions, efficiencies and cost savings that will help provide a better future for tenants and our local communities. At North Star we believe we are stronger together, and nothing demonstrates this more than our new partnership with Darlington Housing Association.”
Ian Senior, Chair of Board at Darlington Housing Association, said: “There is a natural fit between us and North Star, both in geography and in our values as organisations. We share a strong commitment to our communities and we believe that there is real value in us becoming part of a strong performing housing association like North Star. Together I believe we will be best placed to have real and lasting impact.”