The housing sector’s story is one of constant innovation. For over 150 years we’ve adapted to a changing world, finding new ways to deliver our shared purpose – to ensure everyone in the country can live in a quality home that they can afford. We want to celebrate and showcase our innovations, past and present. If you would like to contribute a blog please contact us on



Alan Marples is Area Manager at Riverside / February 15, 2018

Extra Care services should reflect the diversity of any healthy community

We often seek to place vulnerable households in categories, such as ‘elderly’ or ‘special needs’. But rather than categorising people we should see individuals with…


James Green is Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation / February 12, 2018

Innovation happens when you fall in love with a problem – not an idea

One week of warmth. That’s all it takes to save the lives of two million babies born prematurely in the developing world each year. It’s…


Jill Haley is Chief Executive of Byker Community Trust housing association / February 9, 2018

The Byker Estate: from transition to transformation

Long before the Government announced the 1% rent cut, we were already a step ahead after reviewing our services, seeking improved service delivery and looking…


James Green, Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation / February 1, 2018

Got an idea for how the housing sector could change the world?

Our 15th and final Ideas Lab has come to a close. It was another inspiring event with great ideas from housing association staff from across…


Jane Sanders, Director of Private Rented Operations at Network Homes / January 26, 2018

Project Vista is an award-winning approach to tackling homelessness

Project Vista is a unique partnership between Network Homes and New Horizon Youth Centre (NHYC) that works to create positive futures and break the cycle…


James Smith, Engagement Officer at South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) / January 19, 2018

Supporting grassroots resident groups to make a real change in their neighbourhoods

The Maltby Environmentalists project engages local children in positive after-school activities. Each week, around 20 children meet to collect litter, learn about the environment and…


Mark Foster, Director of Repairs at Great Places Housing Group / January 8, 2018

Innovative repairs is key to boosting customer satisfaction

Survey after survey tells us having an excellent repairs service is the key to customer satisfaction. That’s why we realised we had to innovate if…


Nick Atkin, Chief Executive of Halton Housing Trust / January 5, 2018

Halton Housing demonstrate an innovative response to Universal Credit

In June 2013, Halton Housing faced a dilemma. We knew Universal Credit (UC) was heading our way and that we would need to collect from…


Cedric Boston, Chief Executive of Arhag Housing Association / December 14, 2017

To create real change housing associations need to be bold

At Arhag Housing Association we are currently undergoing an exciting phase of our development. Taking a step back towards our roots as a campaigning organisation…


Angela Lockwood, Chief Executive of North Star, a North East based Housing Association / December 6, 2017

The North Star way – creating the culture of the future

To us culture is about the way we do things. It is not only about what we do, it is also about how we do…