Adactus Housing Association Ltd was formed in 1964 as Family Housing Association Manchester Ltd. It is a charitable Industrial and Provident Society and a housing association and was renamed Adactus Housing Association Ltd in 2005.
The Association now employs 350 staff directly and manages over 8,500 homes across the Northwest of England. Based in Leigh it is a member of the Adactus Group Structure and a subsidiary of Adactus Housing Group Ltd. The association was formed in 1964 by the Catholic Aid Society as Family Housing Association Manchester Ltd and initially focused on addressing the problem of homeless families in Manchester with the support of grant funding from Shelter during the late 1960s.
The Association became a prominent housing association developer in Manchester and Trafford during the 1970s with a particular focus on the areas of Moss Side, Cheetham Hill and Old Trafford. By the 1980s it had grown to become the largest Manchester-based housing association.
In 2002 the Association became a founder member of the Adactus Group Structure. In 2004 it accepted a transfer of engagements from fellow group-member County Palatine Ltd extending its areas of operation into Lancashire and Sefton. In 2005 the Association changed its name to Adactus Housing Association Ltd.
In 2007 the Association took on the management of 1,500 Manchester City Council owned properties under the Miles Platting PFI contract. A year later the Association accepted a transfer of engagements from Neston and Parkgate Housing Society. This included some 200 homes in Neston.
In 2009, the Association entered into a management agreement with Chorley Community Housing Ltd. The agreement moved the management of some 1,800 AHA properties in Lancashire and Sefton to CHH.
Adactus Housing Association Ltd is governed by a voluntary board of management comprising people with substantial experience in housing, finance, business and regeneration. The board has a minimum size of five members and a maximum size of 12. The team meets quarterly to make key decisions, help shape the direction of the company and monitor its performance.
Board decisions and non-confidential papers are published online. The day-to-day running of the Association is the job of the Group’s senior team of directors led by the group’s chief executive Paul Lees.
As a housing association the AHA is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agencies, which took on this function from the Tenant Services Authority in April 2012.
The Association draws on central services provided by the Adactus Housing Group. These services include The Connect contact centre, Tenancy management, Income collection, Lettings, Development, Finance and IT.
Most recently Adactus Housing have funded Mancunian Way, an anti social behavior reduction charity, to carry out an allotment project with young people on New Mossbrook Community Garden (Lottery Funded) off Brentford Street, Harpurhey.
Nick Buckley, CEO of Mancunian Way said:
“The aim of the project is to involve the young people of Harpurhey in gardening and growing their own food. The project will explore the themes of cooking from fresh to making your own flavoured yoghurt and planting beans to take home.”
Jacqui Wilson, Neighbourhood Development Officer for Adactus added:
“I sat with a young girl today who was excited by how much the beans she had planted had grown. It was nice to see how excited she was about growing food and taking it home to eat.”
Nick explained that some of the more elderly residents had spoken about the change in the behaviour of the children since attending the project. Adactus’ involvement in this scheme shows their dedication to changing communities throughout the North West.
To find out more visit: www.aha.adactushousing.co.uk.