Housing association merger creates stronger service for people experiencing homelessness

16 NOV 2016

Salvation Army Housing Association (saha) and Chapter 1 Charity Ltd are pleased to announce their plans to merge the two organisations.  Chapter 1 will become a subsidiary of saha, a move that is anticipated to complete by the end of this month.

John Matear, Chairman for the Salvation Army Housing Association said: “By combining our services we combine our strengths and expertise, enabling us to better serve the most vulnerable people in society.”

The merger will create an organisation of over 4,200 properties across the UK which will include residential centres and move-on housing for people who have experienced  homelessness. Support services are set to grow while the organisations also continue to offer support for young people, people suffering from domestic abuse, people with mental health needs, among a number of others.

Clive Bodley, Chairman of Chapter 1 said: “Merging the two organisations creates a great opportunity to build a stronger offer that is able to better meet the needs of our communities. By joining saha, we enable the primary purposes of Chapter 1 Charity to be met within an organisation that recognises and values the Christian ethos that brought Chapter 1 into being. The Chapter 1 trustees believe the new, combined organisation will be well placed to enable more people to change their lives for the better.”

John Matear added: “We recognise that our residents must be comfortable and secure in their homes, and caring for their needs is of paramount importance. We will be ensuring that the grouping of our organisations does not disrupt their lives, their routine, or the consistency of the service they receive.

“With our two organisations operating together, we retain the very best of both in order to maintain our high standards of operation and secure our future growth. We are also able to strengthen our position to be able to protect our staff, residents and service users in today’s uncertain economic climate while addressing the ongoing need to be evermore efficient in the social housing sector.”