We are very pleased to share some wonderful news about Homes Plus customer Kerry, who is one of the finalists for the Tenant of the Year title in the prestigious Housing Heroes Awards.
The Housing Heroes Awards are presented by Inside Housing magazine. Announcing the shortlist, the organisers said:
“Housing organisations house millions of inspirational and innovative people. This award recognises tenants who have gone the extra mile to help others and to contribute to their communities.”
Kerry, who is already one of the Homes Plus Local Heroes having been nominated by one of her neighbours, grew up in the South Staffordshire village she continues to call home and her roles as a school crossing patrol warden or ‘lollipop lady’ dinner lady and community litter-picker have ensured that she is a popular figure in the neighbourhood.
Quick to spot residents in need of support and encouragement, she helped to establish a forum connecting young mums who felt lonely and in need of advice. Recognising that families can find it difficult to make ends meet, she has also created a channel for neighbours to share money-saving tips, something which is proving even more valuable during the cost of living crisis.
Kerry ensured a thriving sense of community while neighbours were kept apart, devising socially-distanced activities for children and maintaining contact with elderly residents at risk of isolation.
Director of housing, Sam Allcott, says:
“Local people call Kerry a tower of strength and tell us that she brings a little happiness everywhere she goes. We know her as a great neighbour and an outstanding example of the hugely positive impact and value that social housing tenants can bring to communities. We are delighted that she has been named one of the finalists for this top award and wish her the very best of luck when the winners are announced later this month.”
Caption: Housing Heroes finalist Kerry is pictured being congratulated by our chief executive Sarah Boden, Group Chair Steve Jennings and senior tenancy and estate management officer, Teresa Smith.