EPIC (Empowering People Inspiring Communities Ltd.) is a not-for-profit Registered Provider of Social Housing, with charitable status. We were 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, flats and bungalows for rent. We also offer a number of houses through our Rent to Buy scheme, where tenants can purchase their home at market-value, after a 5-year tenancy at a discounted rent. We work closely with three local authorities and a range of other 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 good condition and improving their management and maintenance. In 2000 we began to expand our offering, purchasing 10 houses in the Bentilee area. Now over a quarter of our stock is made up of family-sized houses.
We have a strong commitment to our local communities, and in 2005 we worked with an architect and local people to develop the Bentilee Delivery Plan. Following this in 2009 we worked to refurbish Bentilee Pavilion and Park.
The 2010s 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 1,010 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 had over 1200 properties in management, and a growth programme that will see us grow on average by 35 units a year. In 2021 we own over 1,400 dwellings across North Staffordshire.
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