Manningham Housing Association (MHA) is 30 years old this year and has a proud track record of delivering homes and services to the communities in Bradford and Keighley. MHA came into existence in 1986 following a piece of research undertaken into the housing needs of Black and Asian communities in Bradford by the Bangladeshi Youth Organisation based in Bradford. This research proved that the needs of the South Asian community were not being addressed and the government and the council supported MHA growing from an organisation with two properties to one that now has nearly 1,400 homes and houses over 6,000 residents.
With an annual turnover of £8.5 million and a staff base of 32 colleagues, we are a small organisation. However, MHA has always “punched above its weight” in terms of achievements and we want our new CEO to help us to regain our dynamism and impact in Bradford, the wider region and the national level. The housing needs and poverty of the South Asian community in Bradford are as great as ever but, with the lack of grants and the impact of multiple layers of welfare reform, development of large family homes has all but ceased.