Turning Lives Around Appoints Property Manager

Turning Lives Around Appoints Property Manager

YORKSHIRE based housing charity, Turning Lives Around has appointed a property manager after gaining new contracts.

Matt Harmon joins the organisation, which operates across West Yorkshire, as it launches further bids for new contracts further afield in new disciplines.

Formerly with Horton Housing, Matt will be responsible for sourcing sustainable housing streams, managing contractors, landlord liaison and property development as TLA seeks to expand its housing stock through acquisition and expansion into new build.

Already responsible for 230 plus homes, Matt joins as TLA is confirmed on the Leeds Affordable Housing Framework which will enable it to buy land and build bespoke homes using grants of up to 50 per cent of the value of the properties.  The organisation will also be able to take over derelict properties and renovate them for social housing.  The rubber stamp follows a request from Leeds Housing Options for TLA to provide emergency accommodation for families.

Turning Lives Around is constantly evolving.  From being a charity, which provided hostel accommodation, we now provide a diverse range of housing options for multiple different groups including vulnerable families through to young care leavers.  That demands control of our property through a dedicated knowledgeable manager,” said TLA CEO Janet Spencer.

“In the last year we have won new contracts in our core location and in new areas.  At the same time our capital with existing partners has risen and we were recently appointed to provider emergency accommodation for vulnerable families.   At the same time we have been invited to bid for an exciting new contract to tackle entrenched homelessness amongst very vulnerable people.  TLA has expert personnel in homelessness and support, but we lacked a dedicated property manager. 

“Already Matt has demonstrated he will support our long-term strategy through some solid measures to manage our existing stock and he has some creative ideas to expand our portfolio,” she added.