Tom Woodman from Cornerstone Housing, will look into current and future issues for housing associations. With housing prices on the rise and social housing in a crisis, the planned increase in housing in Exeter (as laid out by the ‘Exeter Plan’) will provide the city with challenges, Cornerstone Housing is supposed to engage with. We are looking forward to gaining more insight into all of this from someone who represents an established ‘player’ in this field.
Cornerstone, one of Exeter’s oldest and largest housing associations, has been providing quality, affordable housing to those in need for over 90 years. Cornerstone Housing says about itself: ‘We manage over 1375 properties across Exeter, Teignbridge, Mid Devon and East Devon, to provide a home for 3,000 people at affordable levels of rent, and build around 30 new homes a year. Quite simply, housing people is both who we are and what we do. We pride ourselves on being a caring organisation that puts people first and believe it is our emphasis on quality and care which sets us apart from others.’ For more information visit their website: https://www.cornerstonehousing.net/our-heritage/
Cornerstone, as it is known today, was first established as the ‘Exeter Workmen’s Dwellings Company Ltd’ in 1926 by a group of philanthropists concerned with the unsanitary and overcrowded slum conditions that Exeter’s poorest people were living in. Led by Dr Lovely, they sought to rehouse the working classes of the City into new spacious homes with good living conditions and secure tenancies. It was their mission to provide quality, affordable, rented housing. In 1954 they were granted charitable status under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act and became ‘The Exeter Housing Society Ltd’, officially a not-for-profit organisation. Their in-house repairs and maintenance service began that same year – blossoming from a humble team of two to more than 40 tradespeople today. In 2008, the company officially became ‘Cornerstone’, a name chosen to reflect the expansion of their founders’ social mission, as the company began to support those in housing need in Exeter and beyond. They now manage homes in Exeter, Teignbridge, Mid Devon and East Devon.
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