EPIC (Empowering People Improving Communities) is a not-for-profit charity and a registered provider of housing, formed in 1998 following a stock transfer from Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Our overall mission is to extend the range of good quality housing choices for people on below average incomes. We offer houses and flats for rent but also provide houses as Rent to Buy, where the tenant can buy their home at market value after five years occupancy. We work closely with the three local councils and a range of partners to ensure our housing helps meet the needs of local people.
In our first years of operation we concentrated on bringing our 925 flats into a good condition and improving their management and maintenance. In 2000 we began to expand our offering, purchasing 10 houses in Bentilee, now over a quarter of our stock is made up of family sized houses.
We have a strong commitment to our local community, and in 2005 we worked with an architect and the local community to develop the Bentilee Delivery plan. Following this we in 2009 we worked to refurbish Bentilee Pavilion.
The 2010’s saw us continue to grow. We have done this by buying existing properties in Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands and bringing them up to modern standards. In 2010 we made our first purchase via a Mortgage Rescue scheme. In 2014 we grew to 1010 properties, meaning that we officially became classified as a large Housing Association by the Regulator of Social Housing. In 2015 we were awarded £636,000 in grant funding to deliver our most ambitious growth programme to date. In 2020 we have over 1200 properties in management, and a growth programme that will see us grow on average by 35 units a year. By 2025 we will own over 1400 dwellings in the North Staffordshire area.
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