New independent housing alliance launches in Edinburgh

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Prospect are part of a new alliance launched last week by eight Edinburgh housing associations and co-operatives. The new alliance will give members the opportunity to share skills, experience and resources.

The Alliance of Registered Co-operatives and Housing Associations, Independent in Edinburgh (ARCHIE) was officially launched at an event hosted by Councillor Kate Campbell, Housing and Economy Convener, at Edinburgh City Chambers on 22 March.

The members of ARCHIE are Hunters Hall Housing Co-op, Lister Housing Co-op, Manor Estates, Muirhouse Housing Association, Port of Leith Housing Association, Prospect Community Housing, Viewpoint Housing Association and West Granton Housing Co-operative.

As a voluntary partnership of equals (not a group structure or amalgamation), the partners hope initially to focus on sharing services, working together on procurement, and undertaking joint training initiatives. Prospect and the other members of ARCHIE, will remain independent organisations but will work together for their mutual benefit.

Councillor Kate Campbell said:

This initiative will help the smaller housing associations to support each other. Working together they can identify local housing need and find ways of improving services to their 20,000 customers across Edinburgh.

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