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We’re a North East based Housing Association and our purpose is to provide affordable housing, invest in our communities and develop new homes across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and County Durham.

Collaboration.           Flexibility.           Integrity.           Professionalism.           Ambition.

We build homes, but more importantly we create futures, and we develop our communities from the inside out. We work together to build on community strengths and to really help make a difference to people’s lives. This can be seen in the vast, varied and valuable community investment and tenant involvement work we coordinate. We deliver a wide range of initiatives, ranging from school breakfast clubs, reading groups and homework clubs, to creating community gardens and green spaces, providing work placement opportunities and supporting local foodbanks.

At North Star we place people at the forefront of everything we do. Our vision, our values and our organisational strategy are all centred on creating and sustaining great places for people to live and work in. We strive to make a difference and our culture is what sets us apart from the rest. We hear, we listen and most importantly we act, we embrace challenge and change, continually striving to improve and enhance the lives of our staff and our tenants.

We’re also a PlaceShaper, a national network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations. Together we own and manage more than 805,000 homes and provide services to more than two million people. We re-invest 100% of our profits into our homes and communities, and have helped more than 60,000 people into work since 2010.

North Star joined PlaceShapers because it stood for all the values we hold dearly. We met the criteria and more: being local and community focused, creating and developing great relationships, collaboration, sharing, transparency and honesty. When we looked at the existing list of members, they were Housing Associations that we valued and respected. All of this  meant we could share with organisations good practice, information, advice and guidance.

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