Town’s housing association is bucking national trend

Eviction notice SUS-141124-104918001
Eviction notice SUS-141124-104918001

AmicusHorizon, which has a base in Eastbourne, has secured around £2.5million extra income for its residents in 18 months – and is bucking the national trend when it comes to rent arrear evictions.

The housing association is helping residents source additional income and easing the financial burden on hundreds of families across London and the

south east.

The organisation had 160 less court cases for rent arrears in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013 resulting in a saving of around £40,000 in court fees.

And evictions are on course to be lower than last year; the third year in a row they’d have been reduced.

This goes against the latest government figures which revealed the number of tenants being evicted from their homes is at a record high.

Mark Walker at AmicusHorizon, said, “Our Financial Inclusion Team continues to work hard to maximise the benefits and income our residents are entitled to.

“We’ve 580 less residents in arrears compared to this time last year. We’re pro-actively helping residents and talking directly to them about what we can do to help.

“It could be something simple like going through their income and freeing up extra cash to pay their rent.

“Or it could be working with a charity like StepChange to sort out their debts and help them budget their money better.”

This year, AmicusHorizon’s work in helping residents with their finances has been widely recognised.

The organisation’s Income and Financial Inclusion Teams have gained Housing Quality Network’s (HQN) accreditation for income management.

HQN aims to recognise and reward those organisations which maximises their own income, as well as their own customers’ income.

AmicusHorizon was the first in the g15 – London’s 15 largest housing associations – to get this accreditation.

And the housing provider was also recognised as a best practice organisation for supporting residents through Welfare Reform by the Citizens Advice Bureau, which praised AmicusHorizon’s work in helping people affected by under occupation (bedroom tax) and the benefit cap.