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  • Evictions down as AmicusHorizon bucks national trend!

    AmicusHorizon has secured around 2.5million pounds extra income for its residents in 18 months - and is bucking the national trend when it comes to rent arrears evictions. The housing association is helping residents source additional income and easing the financial burden on hundreds of families across London and the South East.The organisation had 160 less court cases for rent arrears in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. That's resulted in a saving of around 40,000 pounds in court fees. And evictions are on course to be lower than last year; the third year in a row they'd have been reduced.

  • We would like to thank Nick Hedges who allowed us to use some images he'd taken for Shelter, for our recent 50 years film.

    More of his photographs can be seen in a current exhibition at the Science Museum, London. Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedges' Photographs for Shelter 1968 - 72. These hard-hitting photographs, exposing the poor housing conditions and abject poverty being endured by people across Britain, form one of the most important documentary photography projects of the 20th century.

  • We're proud to boast three TPAS Young Tenant of the Year award winners in our ranks!

    TPAS promotes excellence in resident involvement and the standard at their national award ceremony is extremely high. Here, AmicusHorizon talks to the three winners - Demi-Jade Clemeston (13), Jaden Cameron (19) and Abba Ashmeade (14) - and discovers how they're smashing stereotypes and improving lives! Dressed casually and chatting about their lunch, they look like your average teenagers. But the achievements of Demi-Jade Clemeston, Jaden Cameron and Abba Ashmeade make them far from average. For the trio have each won a prestigious TPAS Young Tenant of the Year award - beating off stiff competition from across the country. It caps a remarkable feat for housing association AmicusHorizon who can proudly boast three winners over three consecutive years.

  • Life changing computer training!

    Carole Cherrington has a severe visual impairment and lacked confidence using computers. She also has dyslexia and didn't feel comfortable when it came to using the internet. But now she's benefiting from all that the worldwide web has to offer thanks to Nathalie Harris, AmicusHorizon's Digital Inclusion Coordinator. For Carole, the training sessions she's undergone have been truly life changing. She's learnt about emailing and even started to connect with family and friends on Facebook!

  • Local furniture projects are seeing results of lottery funding

    A year ago, two local furniture projects, The Fresh Vision's Neighbourhood Furniture Store in Sittingbourne and Abacus Furniture Project in Maidstone benefited from a 10,000 pound grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The two projects, set up by local housing associations AmicusHorizon and West Kent, collect and sell reusable second hand furniture to people on low incomes. West Kent had secured a large amount of funding to set up the new store in Maidstone. The ?10k lottery funding enabled a new partnership between the two housing associations, allowing the two stores to work closely together. Through their partnership approach they've been able to help more people in Maidstone, on low incomes access affordable furniture and to divert more furniture away from landfill sites.