Family Mosaic has agreed to merge with another housing association called Peabody. The new single housing association will be called Peabody as this has a deep legacy and brand value, though the Family Mosaic name may remain for a while. On completion of the merger, the combined organisation will provide 55,000 homes to residents across London and the South East.
If you are a resident of Family Mosaic, Peabody or any of their subsidiaries, your landlord, tenancy or lease agreements will not change as a result of the merger. There will also be no changes to your rights and responsibilities or the way your rent is set.
Why is this happening?
Family Mosaic and Peabody fit well together. Peabody has over 29,000 homes across London and also offers additional support services as well as an extensive range of community programmes. Family Mosaic have around 26,000 homes for rent in London and the South East. We also provide services to around 8,000 people who need extra support.
The boards of Family Mosaic and Peabody both believe that a merger will enable the two organisations to make improvements and add more services, providing better value for money to residents and other stakeholders.
The larger group will also have better resources to build more homes and provide local community services, including helping more people into work through training, apprenticeships and volunteering.
Leadership of the new group
Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive of Family Mosaic, will become the Chief Executive of the combined organisation while Ian Peters, Chair of Family Mosaic, will take up the post of Vice Chair. Peabody’s Chair, Lord Kerslake, will become Chair of the group. Peabody’s Chief Executive, Stephen Howlett, had already decided that now is the appropriate time to retire after completing 42 years in the housing association world.
In a joint statement, Lord Kerslake and Ian Peters said:
The new group will build on the track record, capabilities and shared values of Peabody and Family Mosaic to create a truly distinctive organisation. Our combined scale and London focus will enable us to do more together than we could achieve alone.
What happens next?
The formal merger is expected to complete around July 2017 but there is a lot of work yet to do and we will continue to post regular updates about our progress on this website and on Family Mosaic’s social media.
All Family Mosaic residents will receive a letter in the post with their December copy of Connections. Each organisation’s board is particularly keen to hear what residents think before deciding whether or not to formally complete the merger. The deadline for feedback from residents is Friday 3 February 2017.
If you’re a resident and would like to give us your views about this proposal, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure you include your address), complete our online form or return the feedback form that you receive in the post. We also intend to hold resident briefing sessions across London and Essex in January. Please look out for your local meeting where residents will get the opportunity to hear more about the merger and ask questions.
If you are not a resident, please email email@example.com.