A Bradford based housing association has been recognised for its work supporting vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

Manningham Housing Association was shortlisted for two categories in the Northern Housing Awards: the support/advice programme and the blue riband landlord of the year award.

2020 has been tough for many people. The Association, which caters to 6,000 residents, mostly with a South Asian background has been quick to step up to the plate and is the first housing association in the UK to be officially recognised for its work on diversity and inclusion.

Their community initiatives programme which provides tailored support to residents at risk of suffering poor mental or physical health, isolation, financial difficulties, economic inactivity, digital exclusion and substance misuse was crucial to their nomination in the best support/advice programme category.

Over the last year, MHA has received the top marks from the independent regulator which oversees the performance of housing associations in England. It’s also received the customer service Excellence quality mark with a ‘compliance plus’ status in 15 different areas.

“It is a great honour to be shortlisted for both Northern Housing Awards and especially this year given the additional challenges we have faced because of the pandemic,” said Lee Bloomfield, MHA Chief Executive. “The wellbeing of residents will always be our top priority and MHA staff at all levels have really pulled together to support them, as well as each other.