The investments that Civitas makes are intended to enhance the lives of those people who are able to benefit from the availability of appropriate, high quality housing whether of a general nature or as a base for the provision of more specialist housing and care.
In addition to its direct investments, Civitas intends to play a broader part within the communities in which it works. Whilst recognising the practical limitations that all financial investors face, Civitas intends to support, with capital and resources appropriate, voluntary organisations that are active within the broader housing and homelessness environment. Civitas also intends, as part of its broader financial and operational reporting, to provide a commentary on the positive social change and impact that results from the investments that have been made.
On 7th June 2017 Civitas announced a partnership with the national homelessness charity Crisis to support the “Renting Ready” programme across the UK. Renting Ready is a real world practical programme to help homeless people successfully transition into quality rented private sector accommodation.
The focus on the private rented sector is itself a practical reflection on the shortage of all types of social housing in many parts of the country. Through its investment activity Civitas seeks to promote the creation of additional social homes in England and Wales within the regulated sector.
More details of the partnership are contained in the press releases in the Media Centre.
On 24 November 2017 Civitas announced a partnership with the Choir with No Name initially to sponsor its “Big Christmas Singalong” event in Brighton in December 2017 and thereafter to support the Choir with No Name across various locations.
The Choir with No Name works with homeless and disadvantaged people and was founded on the premise that singing and taking part in group activities helps to build skills and confidence for the future. From an initial choir in North London in 2008, the Choir with No Name has expanded to Birmingham, South London and Liverpool.