Homeless Link and Sitra join forces

Thursday, 17 December 2015 - 1:00pm

Sitra, the membership body for the supported housing sector, has joined with Homeless Link, the membership body for the homelessness sector.

Photograph: John (Flickr)
Photograph: John (Flickr)

Following a vote at the Sitra EGM it has been agreed that Homeless Link and Sitra will in future work within a group structure. This will take effect from 1st January 2016.

Sitra will continue to operate as a separate organisation with its own identity and brand alongside Homeless Link. The Sitra staff will continue in their roles but will be moving into the Homeless Link offices and share facilities and management.

The combined group of Homeless Link and Sitra brings together over 800 member organisations covering a range of organisations including small local groups, large national charities, local authorities, housing associations, day centres and homeless hostels. The combined group will be reviewing its membership offer to make sure that members of both organisations get the maximum benefits from the new arrangement.

Rick Henderson, chief executive of the Homeless Link and CEO of the new combined group said:

“This is a very exciting development for both Homeless Link and Sitra which we believe will bring significant benefits to the members of both organisations and to the wider housing and homelessness sectors.

“The expertise, work and reputation of Sitra will complement Homeless Link’s brand and work. Together we can continue to develop policy on a range of issues; expand and build our training and consultancy work and create a powerful national voice to represent the homelessness and supported housing sectors.”

Vic Rayner, chief executive of Sitra said:

“Earlier this month, Sitra’s board agreed to accept an offer from Homeless Link to enter into a group structure and that has now been supported by our members. This presents a great opportunity for Sitra to strengthen the offer we make and allows us to work even closer with one of our strongest partners. This proposed change is something that is right for Sitra both now and in the future.

“I know this opportunity will ensure both Homeless Link and Sitra go from strength to strength. It will enhance the reputation of both brands and ensure that the joint members and the wider sector benefit from great services and first class expertise.”

Vic Rayner, Sitra’s CEO will also be leaving the organisation after seven years in role.

Liz Rutherfoord, Chair of Sitra, said:

“Vic has been an exceptional leader for Sitra and the sector during a time of enormous change. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of our members and of their service users were represented and their voices heard by policy and decision makers. Her passion and commitment for supported housing will be sorely missed, and we wish her well in the future.”

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