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2024 can be year of renewed hope for Bradford – Manningham Housing Association

The Chief Executive and Chair of Manningham Housing Association have said that 2024 can be “a year of renewed hope and expectation” for the district’s residents as Bradford prepares to become UK City of Culture 2025.

In a joint New Year message, Lee Bloomfield and Rupert Pometsey also spoke of their belief that, despite a “multitude of challenges” caused by the aftermath of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, “the scent of a better future for Bradford and Keighley hangs in the air.”

They said: “The past 12 months have been incredibly difficult for individuals and families across Bradford district.

“Food and energy bills have rocketed, placing great pressures on people’s finances.

“New research from the University of Manchester recently found that the cost-of-living crisis is having a disproportionately damaging impact on older people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

“This is something we, as a housing association with a high proportion of BAME residents, are acutely aware of and have tried to offer the best support we can.

“There can be no doubt that the people of Bradford district have been let down far too often by decision-makers in Whitehall and Westminster.

“We need many more affordable homes, better transport links and greater access to training and employment opportunities for people of all ages.  These were promised through the levelling-up agenda, but little has been delivered.

“Instead, schemes such as HS2 have been cancelled with resources directed back to London and the South East.

“Despite the disappointments and multitude of challenges caused by the aftermath of the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, we believe the scent of a better future for Bradford and Keighley hangs in the air.

“With a General Election fast approaching, 2024 can be a year of renewed hope and expectation.  Politicians from all sides will be setting out their visions for a better Bradford district and, when voters make their choice, the winning candidates will be rightly held accountable for the promises they make.

“This year also sees final preparations for Bradford becoming UK City of Culture 2025 which is expected to create almost 7,000 new jobs and grow the local economy by an estimated £389 million.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the district and we are confident that local residents, businesses, voluntary groups and community-based organisations such as Manningham Housing Association will grab it with both hands.”

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About Manningham Housing Association Manningham Housing Association (MHA) has a proud track record of delivering homes and services to communities in Bradford and Keighley. It was founded in 1986 following a piece of research on the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford. This research proved that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed. With an annual turnover of £8.2 million and a staff of 42, the association now manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents. Around 75 per cent of MHA properties are large family homes with three or more bedrooms. Over 80 per cent of MHA residents are of South Asian origin but the association proudly serves all of those in need. MHA holds a G1 rating for governance and a V1 rating for financial viability from the Regulator of Social Housing.  In addition to holding the Customer Service Excellence quality mark, MHA is the first housing association in the country to be officially accredited for its work in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. In 2022, MHA won the British Standards Institution Users Award for Sustainability, the Northern Housing Team of the Year Award, the Northern Housing Tenant of the Year Award and the West and North Yorkshire Chamber Equality Trailblazer Award.

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