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Here, housing professionals from our network members set the agenda by sharing their views and experiences through blog posts.

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Latest Communications Network Posts

  • House buying scheme frees families from a B&B Christmas

    We’ve been working with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council to get homeless families out of B&B accommodation, where it’s hard to maintain traditional Christmas traditions, let alone a sense of ‘home’.

  • Affordable housing for high-priced Hampshire

    With demand for housing in Hampshire villages like Hartley Wintney being at its highest, some local people are being priced out of home ownership. Aiming to provide affordable housing to allow local people to get on to the property ladder at a reduced cost, we're working with Bewley Homes at the beautiful Hartley Row Park development.

  • The Autumn Statement's put rented back on the agenda - Great!

    Mike Shepherd our Development and Regeneration Director talks about the changes announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement: It’s good to see that rented homes are back on the agenda. For a long time the political message has been that home ownership is the only tenure that makes you a valuable part of the market. Those in rented were forgotten and perhaps seen as slightly outside of the economy. We all know that people are in rented properties for a diverse number of reasons, including ...

  • Chair of CKH's Residents Board, Rachel Blakemore

    There's no place like home

    Chair of the CKH Residents Board, Rachel Blakemore, describes her motivation for joining the Board, and how a simple trip to buy some milk changed her life forever.

  • Our excellent customer service has been recognised

    Last week we were presented with a plaque for Servicemark accreditation from the Institute of Customer Services. After a week of celebrating Customer Service week, we were delighted to receive Sue Hopson from the Institute who congratulated us on our first class commitment to customer service.

  • Responding to “UK faces critical shortage of homes to rent, says RICs”

    In the same week the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) claims that the UK is facing a "critical rental shortage", the Conservative Party stated that its focus remains on home ownership. At Sentinel our number one priority is to build more new homes, and we’re committed to our current planned 5 year development programme which will see us building around 600 new homes a year.

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    Make diversity and inclusion business as usual

    Alex Alexander, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Circle Housing explains the importance of Diversity and Inclusion and tells us how to make it part of business as usual.

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    Time to tackle the underlying causes of the homelessness crisis

    Mark Rogers, Chief Executive for Circle Housing explains why we must address the root causes of the problem if we are to solve the homelessness crisis once and for all.

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    Being Green at Viridian

    Jasmeet Kaur, Environment Officer at Viridian Housing, explains why we all have a part to play when it comes to sustainability.

  • Vision of Chapel Hill in Basingstoke

    Taking the lead

    After securing planning permission for nearly 600 new homes Sentinel’s Mike Shepherd explains how their approach to taking the lead in development projects has helped them provide more new homes