Council appoints familiar face to top housing post

Liverpool City Council has turned to a familiar face to fill a top housing role.

Former cabinet member for housing Frank Hont will chair the local authority’s new ethical housing company – Foundations.

Frank, who lost his seat as a Labour councillor in May, will now establish a small board of housing experts to take the company forward and deliver 2,000 new homes in its first two years.

The council says it chose Frank as chairman after his work at the helm of many successful housing and community initiatives over the past few years including the Welsh Streets, Marwood Towers and initiatives such as Landlord Licencing, tackling HMOs and the review of student accommodation across the city.

The board also agreed to appoint Mark Kitts as its chief executive subject to the council agreeing to second Mark for an initial two year period.

Mark has been directly involved and has lead on the delivery of many major regeneration schemes having worked for Liverpool City Council since 2002.

Foundations, which aims to deliver 10,000 new homes over the coming decade is the flagship housing policy for Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson who wants to use the company to rebalance the city’s social housing stock, revolutionise the rent to buy sector and drive up council tax receipts for the council.

The appointments follow the recent approval of the first wave of new homes for the company – 120 properties to be built on a cleared former housing estate in the Yew Tree area of the city.

Frank says: “I’m honoured to have been chosen to lead Foundations. We have a lot to do and plans are already taking shape.

“Good quality housing is fundamental to building a better society and this new company is going to make a massive difference to the quality of life to communities right across Liverpool – such as tackling HMOs and vacant properties.”

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