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Homes for Cathy

In the Spring of 2016, a small group of housing associations came together to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people, as well as the challenges created by changes in the welfare system over recent years.

As of November 2017, we Nottingham Community Housing Association have joined this group.

This national alliance, Homes for Cathy was created to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home, directed by Ken Loach and produced by the BBC. The member associations were all formed in the aftermath of the drama’s first broadcast.

The story of a couple facing poverty and becoming homeless provoked public outrage at the time, as people were confronted with the bleak representation of poverty in the UK.

Over 50 years later, we still see people struggling to survive in very trying situations. It is NCHA's belief that things can and should be better, and we're working as part of Homes for Cathy to effect real change to improve people's lives.

Homes for Cathy principles

Over the next few years, we are committed to:

  • continue lobbying for solutions that make a difference in the lives of homeless people and people at risk of homelessness “Housing Associations tackling homelessness” 
  • sharing good practice between ourselves that help prevent homelessness and find secure homes for people who are homeless

We have made a pledge to:

  • strive to keep the issue of homelessness in the hearts and minds of housing association boards and employees, as well as our local communities and stakeholders
  • seek to work with partners in our local areas to find long term solutions that reduce homelessness
  • be honest with each other in sharing our successes and failures in preventing homelessness through tenancy failures
  • publicise our commitment to ending homelessness, for example by identifying with the Homes for Cathy group through our social media platforms, including our web sites, and on development scheme boards

“It's the responsibility of organisations like NCHA to make sure that people like Cathy have a place to call home. I hope that by joining Homes for Cathy, we can focus all our efforts to find ways to fight the rising tide of homelessness.”
Mike Andrews, Chief Executive, Nottingham Community Housing Association

You can read more about the work Homes for Cathy plan to do here: http://www.homesforcathy.org.uk/downloads/