Wishaw & District Housing is part of Trust Housing Association, operating within defined boundaries in Wishaw and surrounding areas. Wishaw and District no longer exists as an independent housing association and became part of Trust on 1st December 2019 following a tenant ballot earlier in 2019. Trust Housing Association provides the homes and services previously provided by Wishaw and District Housing Association. Services continue to be provided by the local staff team from the office in Wishaw, branded as ‘Wishaw and District Housing’.
Trust is a not-for-profit registered social landlord, regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator, Care Inspectorate and Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR). We are a national organisation and one of the largest housing, support and care providers in Scotland offering a range of housing and support services across the length and breadth of the country. Trust was established in 1973 and has grown to over 3,600 homes with a third of our business now in North Lanarkshire. We are very proud of the Trust story … you can read more about our Trust story and more by visiting the Trust Housing Association website.
Our primary social rented offer includes general needs housing for households of all ages and housing for older people. In addition, we provide some mid-market homes and shared ownership. We also act as a property manager for homeowners and sharing owners in areas where we have an interest.
Wishaw and District Housing manages just under 1000 general needs rented homes with a further 40 co-owned homes and a factoring service provided to almost 400 households. The housing stock is spread tightly across North Lanarkshire with over half the stock in and around Wishaw with other stock within the areas of Pather, Craigneuk, Flemington, Muirhouse, Newmains, Shotts and Harthill. The majority of the homes were built post 1983 with over 280 built since 2002.
Wishaw & District Housing Association (WDHA) was established in 1978 – as a result of a joint initiative between Motherwell District Council and the Housing Corporation Scotland - to improve local housing provision, initially through the rehabilitation of turn of the century tenement flats that had structural problems and were lacking in amenities. Once this objective was successfully completed it turned its attention to building new housing, which has been ongoing since 1990.
WDHA was originally registered as East Motherwell District Housing Association but changed its name in 1994. Following a number of years of regulatory intervention, it was agreed that Wishaw and District Housing Association was no longer sustainable as an independent housing association. Trust was unanimously selected – by the Board members, tenants and staff involved in the selection process - as the preferred partner in December 2018. Wishaw and District Housing Association tenants voted resoundingly in favour of the transfer to Trust (97.3%) with 73.3% tenants taking the opportunity to make their voice heard.