Debt Awareness Week 2021

It's Debt Awareness Week and we know that many people are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet at the moment. If you're worried about spiralling debts or managing your finances, please take #thefirststep by speaking to one of our Income Officers who provide practical, friendly & non-judgemental support. Here are just a few short, anonymous case studies of people they've recently helped:

Rent review letters

You will have recently received your annual rent review letter through the post. From 1st April 2021 we will be increasing our rents by 1.5% to help us improve our homes and communities and provide better services to you. This increase reflects current government policy and is in line with other housing associations throughout the UK. Your letter will provide an individual breakdown of your new monthly costs.

How will this money be spent?

LYHA is a not-for-profit organisation and all additional rent income will be invested in our homes and communities:

Repairs service update

We are continuing to carry out repairs at this time, in line with government guidance. However, with COVID rates still high, we need to work together to keep everyone safe.

If your repair is not urgent, please think carefully whether the work can wait and you can report it later.

 

National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and we caught up with our IT Apprentice, Matthew, who joined us last June to hear why he chose to do an apprenticeship and his experience so far:

“I’m really enjoying my role at LYHA. In fact I couldn’t have asked for a better start. I’m working with a really friendly team of people who’ve made me feel very welcome and I’m learning a lot, especially from my manager, who is practically demonstrating things and answering my questions.

International Women's Day 2021

My career in housing began in the mid 1990’s, my first ‘proper’ job out of university. I worked for The Housing Corporation in an admin role, managing a portfolio of housing associations; processing paper applications for new schemes and managing cashflows amongst other things. This whet my appetite for development, as the role had given me an insight into the development process and the many challenges that came with it, so I pursued my new found goal of working for a housing association and started my career in development which has now spanned more than two decades!

Reducing our environmental impact

Decarbonisation and tackling climate change is one of the biggest challenges currently facing housing providers and LYHA is firmly committed to being proactive in this area: both by delivering energy efficient, new homes that don’t rely on fossil fuels, and retrofitting our existing homes to ensure that they are as energy efficient and affordable to run as possible.

Save money on your energy costs this winter

Many of us are worried about rising heating costs and energy bills at the moment, especially with the cold weather and the fact that we're all at home a lot more than usual due to current lockdown advice.

LYHA appoints new fire safety equipment contractor

LYHA has appointed DFP Services as our new fire safety equipment contractor to maintain and repair the fire alarms, emergency lighting, smoke vents and fire extinguishers (where fitted) at your scheme.

DFP will carry out planned maintenance checks over and above those carried out by our own LYHA block inspectors and will also come out to check and reset systems in the case of a false activation.

Kickstarting employment for 16-24 year olds

Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) is delighted to be part of the Kickstart Housing Partnership, a nationwide work-placement scheme led by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing.

In need of support?

Winter can be a difficult time of year, especially in 2020/21 when we are not able to see friends and family in the usual way. If you are in need of support, please seek help and don't suffer in silence and keep an eye out for any older or vulnerable neighbours.