Transfer to Trust
Wishaw & District Housing Association (WDHA) become part of Trust Housing Association via a transfer of engagements, effective from 1st December 2019. The partnership combines the strengths, capabilities and traditions of both organisations to create a stronger organisation capable of delivering a thriving future for customers, staff and other stakeholders.
WDHAs tenants resoundingly backed the transfer to Trust with 97.3% voting yes in favour of the proposal. The ballot was open for 29 days over August and September 2019 and an impressive 853 (73.3%) tenants took the opportunity to cast their vote and make their voice heard.
This means that WDHA ceased to trade on 1st December and no longer exists as an independent housing association. Trust is now the landlord and is responsible for delivering the homes and services previously provided by WDHA. Services continue to be delivered by the local staff from the Wishaw office, branded as ‘Wishaw and District Housing’.
Following a two-year period of ‘high engagement’ with the Scottish Housing Regulator and a subsequent review, the WDHA Board - in consultation with tenants, staff and other stakeholders - took the decision that they could no longer operate as an independent housing association and to seek a strategic partner.
Following a competitive bidding process, Trust were unanimously selected - by the WDHA Board, tenants and staff members involved in the selection process - as the preferred partner in December 2018. The two organisations worked closely together to develop an exciting partnership proposal that was shaped by WDHAs tenants and staff. The proposal included tenant promises that will be delivered by Trust.