Sheffield Homes has become the first housing provider to use the @home portal from Acceleris, a marketing and PR agency specialising the housing sector.
Developed for Sheffield Homes, the UK’s largest ALMO and responsible for over 40,000 houses in Sheffield, @home is the result of a six-month R&D programme to address the need for digital inclusion within housing.
The web portal provides a range of channels, allowing two-way communications between housing providers and their residents as well as resident-to-resident communications to encourage greater community cohesion.
Available content delivery modules include notice boards, blog sites and polls for tenant feedback and views. Residents can create their own community areas to upload images and content, share information, air their views, open up discussions, promote local events, vote on change and talk directly to landlords and housing managers.
Sheffield Homes’ new website, incorporating @home, is now live at www.sheffieldhomes.org.
Peter Morton, chief executive, Sheffield Homes, said, “We are delighted with our new website. It has given us a portfolio of new opportunities to engage with our tenants, empowering and involving them in our drive to deliver decent homes and build thriving communities.”
Acceleris has since also been chosen by Wolverhampton Homes to develop a new website incorporating @home.