Subsidiary merges with Salvation Army Housing Association
The merger of Chapter 1 Charity Ltd with the Salvation Army Housing Association (saha) was completed this week (30 September 2017). Chapter 1 became a subsidiary of saha in March this year following the decision to combine the strengths of both organisations in 2016. Plans were announced in March to complete the merger by the end of September 2017; with the plans on schedule, the two organisations will now move forward as one entity, .
Over the past six months the group arrangement of the two organisations has resulted in improvements to Chapter 1’s IT systems, repairs service, and back office functions. saha has also introduced its Independent Quality Inspection (IQI) service at Chapter 1 properties to enhance the quality and consistency of service delivery.
Commissioner John Matear, Chairman of the Salvation Army Housing Association, said: “We are grateful for the support of staff both at Chapter 1 and saha who have ensured as smooth a transition as possible. Over the coming months we will continue to focus on combining our strengths and expertise, which will enable us to provide services to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The completed merger will create an organisation of more than 4,200 properties across the UK, which will primarily be supported housing and move-on housing for people who have experienced homelessness, for young people, people suffering from domestic abuse, and people with mental health needs.
Commissioner Matear added: “The needs of our residents are paramount, and we have ensured that the merger of our organisations has not disrupted people’s lives, or the consistency of the service they receive. Going forward we will seek to enhance our services whilst also being mindful of the need to be ever-more efficient in the social housing sector.”