Ongo Homes is our new name
From today (4 January 2016) North Lincolnshire Homes is known as Ongo Homes.
The change comes as part of a rebranding exercise which has brought North Lincolnshire Homes in line with its parent company Ongo, and the rest of the Ongo brand.
A resolution to change the name gained a majority vote at an Annual General Meeting held on 14 September 2015.
The commitment of Ongo and its future within North Lincolnshire is further reinforced by the announcement that the group will be moving its headquarters into Scunthorpe town centre at the end of 2017.
Ongo was established in 2013 as the parent company of the then North Lincolnshire Homes, a registered social housing association, with subsidiaries Ongo Commercial & Ongo Communities being established at the same time.
Andy Orrey, Chief Executive of Ongo Homes, said: “Our tenants can be confident that the services they receive from us will remain the same. They will see the same people doing their repairs and speak to the same people when they call us. This is just a name change, nothing more.”
The creation of Ongo provided an opportunity for Scunthorpe-based recruitment agency Crosby Employment to join the group in 2014. The agency now supports 250 people back into work every year, runs various training sessions, and has established schemes to help lone parents, ex-offenders and Black, Minority and Ethnic communities to gain employment.
It has also allowed increased investment in community projects, such as the furniture recycling project Choose to Reuse, and local handyvan services, both of which provide vital opportunities for local volunteers, supporting 35 people in voluntary placements across the region.
Also in 2014, Ongo bought a successful roofing company which has lowered roof repair costs for the housing association, and spending on repairing tenants’ roofs has reduced by 10% per repair.
Community investment from Ongo has seen over £500,000 a year being put into local community schemes which are designed to help people into employment, support local entrepreneurism and help people to live healthier lives.