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Posted 26 March 2021

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Strategic update from us

In November 2020 we announced our three new strategies detailing our main aims over the next three years, to improve our services and offering to tenants.

The first is to ‘be a great landlord’ which focuses around our aim of digitalisation, customer satisfaction, rent arrears and letting homes. 

The second is ‘offer quality homes’ which includes enhancing environments, investing £83.1m in current homes and building 225 new homes each year for the next 10 years.

The final strategy is to ‘create opportunities’ which focuses more around jobs, training, mental health and employment support and £1m investment each year in community projects.

Steve Hepworth, Chief Exec here at Ongo said: “It was great to see these strategies launch last year, after a huge amount of consultation with stakeholders and tenants. We are all really proud of them, and they outline exactly what our organisation stands for.

“The work that has been done so far is fantastic and really reflects that by working together we can achieve so much, even in such challenging circumstances.”

Although these aims set out a three year plan, since they launched last year, a huge amount of work has already been done to support their success. This has involved:

Offer quality homes:

  • Satisfaction levels on neighbourhoods being a great place to live have improved, and from September 2020, 53 environmental and neighbourhood improvement jobs have been carried out, to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the lives of tenants
  • Repairs satisfaction levels and right first time jobs have gone up over this challenging period
  • The number of empty homes has reduced over the last few months, with a quicker turnaround
  • A review of our Lettable Standard has taken place with a range of stakeholders, this will be in place for April 2021
  • A consultation meeting with our Properties Panel was held to discuss different elements of decent homes work, such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • We continue to achieve excellent results in terms of legislative requirements associated with homes and buildings
  • The close of 2020 saw great activity across our development programme with a further 44 new homes being completed in November and December, and a plan to build at least 225 over the next 10 years

Be a great landlord:

  • We have increased our young tenant voice by developing new ways of engaging and focusing more on digital and social media communication
  • A real time, digital customer feedback project is being progressed with sign-off expected in the coming weeks
  • Our e-signup project was launched in March, to create a paperless solution to potential tenants applying for a home
  • We have invested £1million in new fire doors at three high rise buildings, and plan to invest over £83million in existing homes over the next 10 years
  • A new Customer Resolution Team has been created following the introduction of the Housing Ombudsman’s Code of Practice in July last year. It is a requirement of the code to have a team or person in place who has full responsibility for complaints for the organisation

 

Create Opportunities:

  • Over 35,000 safe and well calls have been made to tenants and 11,500 food parcels delivered since the start of the pandemic
  • Ongo Talk mental health support has increased the number of counsellors and have supported 217 people since the start of lockdown
  • Over 640 people have accessed the Ongo Journey to Work so far this year with 113 gaining employment
  • Teams have continued to engage with young people, supporting 112 of the 100 target for the year
  • We were successful in becoming a Kick-start Gateway provider and will work with local businesses to employ up to 150 young people who are out of work

To stay up to date with the latest information on us, follow us on social media, and to find the latest updates on our strategic vision, click here.  

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