Trust aims to break barriers
Bradford Community Housing Trust is working with Manningham Housing Association to develop homes for minority ethnic residents in predominantly white areas.Manningham chief executive Anil Singh said the association was looking to develop around 200 homes on BCHT land obtained though strategic demolitions, some of which would be in areas not previously inhabited by members of BME communities. In such areas Manningham would be seeking to set targets for up to 40 per cent of those homes to be occupied by ethnic minority households, he revealed. The move is part of a strategic partnering agreement between BCHT, Manningham and Nashayman Housing Association to achieve community cohesion. The project is funded by an £80,000 Housing Corporation innovation and good practice grant. The Chartered Institute of Housing published a report in June 2001 into the reasons why there are so few Asian people living in social housing in the city. The report found that Asian people viewed social housing providers as ‘white institutions' (Inside Housing, 22 June 2001). A separate report into the 2001 race riots that affected a number of areas in the north including Bradford found that segregation had been a key factor. The partnering document sets as a key outcome the ‘ability to meet BME needs in non-traditional BME community locations' and the development of balanced, mixed communities. Mr Singh said the agreement would ‘lead to a more sustainable Bradford'. And he said that Manningham would be looking to bid for Housing Corporation grant to fund the new homes in the next bidding round.Nashayman chief executive Ansar Ali also welcomed the partnership. ‘We fully support it,' he said. ‘We are taking a more strategic approach and looking at how this new [partnership] development can help the community cohesion agenda.'BCHT chief executive Geraldine Howley said: ‘It's about how we work with BME housing associations as an LSVT body.'"