Saffron Housing Trust now has over 5000 properties throughout East Anglia. In 2004, 4300 homes were transferred from South Norfolk Council - the growth in numbers a clear indication of Saffron's commitment to providing more homes for the people of East Anglia.
In an effort to make its homes as energy efficient as possible, Saffron installed pv panels on over 800 of its homes. Saffron also offers help and advice to all tenants on how to make their homes as energy efficient as possible.
Saffron continues to explore working with a range of partners, providing a diverse range of facilities in addition to its 'general needs' housing. Saffron is currently working with Suffolk County Council to provide HOLD properties - Home Ownership for those with Long term Disabilities. In recent years Saffron has worked with the Benjamin Foundation, providing flats for young people as they adapt to adult life; and worked with Age UK Norfolk and Norfolk County Council to develop Grays Fair Court in New Costessey. This £5 million resource centre for older people, provides a range of day services; 20 respite care beds and 34 Saffron homes. A partnership with Break provides a Family Assessment Centre just outside Lowestoft and in June 2010, new homes were opened at Sherwell Court in Hellesdon in partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk County Council. Sherwell Court has 8 specially designed flats for young people with disabilities and there is also a bungalow with a high standard of accessibility.
Saffron's new housing stock includes small developments in rural communities, demonstrating Saffron's desire to keep affordable homes for local people in small, rural villages. In addition, Saffron has a comprehensive development programme which will see more homes added throughout East Anglia over the next few years. The Board, Executive and Staff are committed to providing quality homes and services for people in East Anglia, as reflected in our aims and objectives, which are to:
• Build and maintain quality affordable homes
• Provide the optimum level of quality services
• Ensure customers are involved in improving Saffron
• Care about and work with local communities
• Be prepared to find and implement innovative solutions
• Be an organisation that people want to work for
Saffron Housing Trust is also delighted to support Saffron Community Foundation an independent charity providing support for local communities in the South Norfolk area.