About BME London LandlordsAt a time when collaboration has never been more relevant or necessary; the sector as a whole faces immense challenges and uncertainty in delivering services within the current operating environment. In January 2016 twelve BME housing associations (Now 13) chose to embark on a series of collaborative projects to in order to: 1. Deliver enhanced value for money for their residents, communities and organisations 2. Share best practice. 3. Provide opportunities for their residents to access to services, such as employment support, that they would not otherwise be able to deliver alone Latest NewsCORONAVIRUS UPDATES
Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission is to successfully collaborate to create greater social impact
Our vision is to be a leading example of successful collaboration and social innovation; together we will increase our capacity, pool our resources, add value and achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness. We will sieze the opportunity be a key influencer in the housing sector and wider society; as sustainable community facing social enterprises we will use our collective insight and bargaining power to shape relevant policy and seek to create greater social impact
Mission and Purpose
Overall, it is recognised that what we have achieved so far has provided an important basis for our group to build trust and has given us the opportunity to learn how to work together in a relatively low-risk capacity. This has meant that we now have the necessary foundations in place so that we can work towards delivering more large-scale and higher-impact projects as part of our business plans moving forward.
We understand that these types of projects will most certainly require even more individual and collective investment, and commitment compared to current projects. However, it is envisaged that they will ultimately enable our group to achieve a greater return on our investment. This will in turn directly benefit our customers and communities as well as the wider social housing sector.
To work together in partnership to deliver ambitious, innovative and influential projects that provide positive outcomes and enhanced value for money for our residents, communities and organisations.
Our vision is to be a leading example of successful collaboration; together we will increase our capacity, pool our resources, increase our social value with greater efficiencies and greater impact. We will also be a key influencer in the housing sector; using our collective insight and bargaining power to shape relevant policy and our service delivery
Achieving our vision through specific goals
The group has identified three goals:
1. Delivering More
Delivering more for our customers; improving their access to services that support them to sustain their tenancies and transform their life chances.
Advocating for our communities; using our collective knowledge / understanding of BME issues to positively influence relevant housing policy and using this insight to shape our services.
3. Collective Bargaining Power
Harnessing the group’s combined bargaining power; increasing overall value for money for members by effecting projects that ‘enhance’ the delivery of each organisation’s mission.
Who We Are
Our Chair & Member Organisations
BME London Landlords consists of 14 CEO’s, the executive leads of some of arguably the most dynamic community facing social enterprises that currently exist in London today. As providers of social housing (affordable homes that have benefitted from public investment) each organisation is subject to delivering its services to BME communities within the context of a highly regulated sector that demands the highest standards in organisational governance and consumer standards. Each organisation having existed for over more than 30 years, provides services to some of the most disadvantaged communities in London. The collective experience of each organisation gives a telling insight to the journey’s, experience, challenges and everyday realities of the communities they serve. Managing staff teams ranging from 2 to 40 members and serving management boards who provided strategic guidance and operational oversight, BME London membership recognises the leadership role that London as one of the most diverse world cities demands.
Chair: Ben Laryea
“Ben a dynamic leader in the social housing sector with over 20 years’ experience, has been Chief Executive of Ekaya Housing Association for 3 years.
Ben recently appointed said “BME London Landlords has an important role in highlighting the work the sector can do to address the complex challenges being faced by London’s BAME communities. A clear priority will be working with sector partners to provide practical housing solutions to address the issues that have been brought into focus by the Black Lives Matter cause and the disproportional impact of COVID 19 on BAME communities.
“Social housing has a responsibility to empower tenants, and wherever possible we must give voice to the voiceless. The NHF’s updated code of governance has created the opportunity for the sector to raise its ambition and lead on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. The voice of BAME Communities have been marginalised for too long, this is unacceptable. BME London Landlords are committed to using our learning as a collaboration to enable the dynamism that is in the social housing sector to show leadership to right this wrong. We look forward to the challenge.”
Ben as Chair of BME London will be working closely with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and L&Q on the Build London Partnership to develop over 200 homes by 2022.
CEO - Industrial Dwellings Society
CEO - Innisfree HA
CEO - North London Muslim HA
CEO - Shian HA
CEO - Tamil Community HA
CEO - Westway HA
CEO - Arhag HA
CEO - Bangla HA
CEO - Ekaya HA
Chair - Imani Housing Coop Ltd
CEO - Odu Dua
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a need for BME Register Social Landlords?
Most BME Registered Social Landlords were formed subsequent to Urban riots in the 1980’s where Lord Scarmen’s public inquiry report findings in the aftermath of disturbances that took place, that BME communities needed to have more of a stake in society. Because of the race disparity inequalities that existed at time in accessing decent housing, the regulator of social housing at the time responded to challenges put forward by a growing movement of community activism that provided clear evidence of discrimination to BME communities, by developing in partnership with the Federation of Black Housing Organisations the BME Housing Strategy, which saw over 100 BME Registered Social Landlords developed in the UK.
What does BME London do?
BME Communities are still experiencing significant disparities and inequalities in housing, employment, health outcomes, social mobility and many more indices. By coming together collectively BME London Landlords whose primary stakeholders represent the majority BAME communities based in London are now working together to highlight structural inequalities, leverage their assets and resources to work with partners to deliver projects and programmes that provide innovative solutions to address the disparities that exist.
Who do you work with?
BME London Landlord’s already work with local authorities, larger mainstream housing associations, regional authorities and private sector organisations. BME London Landlords as a collective are keen to work with larger corporate businesses and philanthropists to partner and develop dynamic socially innovative projects, products and programmes that advance ESG’s, SDG’s objectives, socially innovative work towards greater social impact. BME London Landlords has already led the way with the Leadership 2025 programme, and the Build London Partnership.