New Gorbals Housing Association is community-controlled housing association operating in the Gorbals, Hutchesontown, Laurieston and Oatlands neighbourhoods of Glasgow.
The Association has recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary, having been established in 1989 to develop high quality, affordable new-build housing on vacant land resulting from demolition of earlier unsuccessful municipal housing. The Association now owns and manages over 2,500 homes for social rent, over 1,000 of which are new-build, with the remainder comprising existing stock transferred from Scottish Homes and Glasgow Housing Association following successful tenant ballots. New Gorbals Housing Association also factors 1,600 privately owned properties in the local area.
The Association’s activity is focussed exclusively on the local area, and we are accountable to the local community. The Association is a membership organisation, constituted as a not-for-profit Community Benefit Organisation and registered with the Financial Conduct Authority, with written rules governing how we operate. Under our Rules, membership of the Association is open to all local tenants and residents, who can join for £1.
The work of the Association is overseen by our voluntary Management Committee of local tenants and residents who are unpaid and democratically elected by the membership, contributing to strong governance and high levels of trust in the Association by the local community.
The Association’s staff team is accountable to the Management Committee, and delivers a comprehensive range of services from our local office, all focused 100% on the needs of our tenants and service users, and the Gorbals community. These services include tenancy and neighbourhood management, repairs and property management, property development, environmental works, income maximisation, factoring and community regeneration.
The Association’s properties are let in accordance with our Allocations Policy, which allows us to assess the needs of each applicant and to allocate homes in a fair and consistent way, so that available homes are let to those in greatest need of housing. We have developed our Policy following consultation with housing applicants, tenants, and other stakeholders, including Glasgow City Council. You can see the consultation report here. Our Policy aims to assist in delivering the objectives of the Council’s local housing strategy, as well as its homelessness strategy.
Our rents are set locally by the Management Committee, who strive to strike a balance between service standards and costs and affordability to tenants, and we fully consult with our tenants on proposed annual rent increases. Rental income raised is spent exclusively on our local services and properties in the Gorbals and not elsewhere in the city.
As a Registered Social Landlord, New Gorbals Housing Association is regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator. The Association is also a registered charity, regulated by with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator
The Association has one subsidiary company which manages and maintains the Association’s portfolio of 69 mid-market rent properties in the area.