2015 EiDA Nominee – Gateway Housing Association

Gateway Housing operates in the three most diverse and deprived boroughs in London, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. They have a diverse and representative workforce that positively impacts the community they serve. At Gateway, diversity is not an initiative that they visit from time to time, it is part of their DNA. One of the key features highlighted by staff is that Gateway is the most diverse housing association they have worked for, and this starts from the top. The Board comprises nine people; Of these, 4 are female, 4 are from a BME background, and one person is disabled. The most significant contribution that Gateway makes to alleviate deprivation is providing good quality housing for the diverse communities they serve. Gateway understand their local demographic and run numerous initiatives including their innovative employment project STEP, enhancing the life work and skills of their local community, as well as a dedicated training centre ‘Zone’, and a regeneration programme to modernise their sheltered schemes.

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