Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) was created in 2008 after an LSVT saw it take over Liverpool Council’s remaining 15,000 properties, making it the city’s largest housing association.
It has made a huge difference to people and communities across Liverpool ever since and on its fifth birthday in April 2013, announced it had exceeded all 135 promises it made to the local authority as part of the transfer agreement.
LMH produced a 120-page book for the council Five Strong Years , outlining how it surpassed the targets using results from independent research that evaluated its economic, environmental and social impact.
Promises met include improving all 15,000 homes to exceed the government’s Decent Homes Standard compared to just 60% at transfer.
LMH continues to work closely with Liverpool City Council and was appointed as its Strategic Housing Delivery Partner in 2014.
The partnership includes working with Redrow Homes to build 1,500 new homes and bring 1,000 more back into use with contractor Willmott Dixon.
LMH opened the UK’s first eco-friendly homeless centre after transforming a 19th century convent to give people respite and help to get their lives back on track.
It has brought over 1,000 empty properties that couldn’t be mortgaged and earmarked for demolition back into use.
LMH is building 1,000 new eco homes that will halve tenants’ fuel bills and cut carbon emissions by two thirds.
A £40m gateway environmental scheme will see 4,000 homes receive new fences, 500 new roofs fitted, 4,200 homes given roof repairs, the communal areas of 140 flats overhauled and major tourism routes regenerated.
LMH’s environmental policy – GIFT (Green Initiatives For Tomorrow) – underpins all its work and instils a green culture among its people and communities.
LMH created a Social Dividend that reinvests profits to fund schemes that support tenants and communities, address deprivation and promote inclusion.
LMH’s success has seen it win numerous industry and local awards including HCA’s Low Carbon title, CIH Housing Heroes’ Frontline Team of the Year, Sustainable Housing Award for Transformation and Liverpool ECHO’s Environmental Business of the Year.