The week is also supported by Legacy, a unique property group set up by Rio Ferdinand, Mark Noble, Captain of West Ham United and ex England International footballer Bobby Zamora to deliver schemes for Local Authorities that not only reduce the pressure on affordable housing and local community services, but will empower their tenants through onsite community and sporting facilities.
Bobby Zamora comments: “It’s really encouraging to see Housing Associations coming together to champion one of the most important housing models of our time and I am delighted to be involved.
“Shared Ownership Week is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of a more attainable way of getting on to the housing ladder. This is something that is very close to our hearts at Legacy, where we have spent a lot of time working on how to deliver high quality, more affordable homes and creating sustainable communities where people can live for generations.”
Bobby continues: “The quality of shared ownership properties has changed considerably over the years. Nowadays you will find the specification and location of these homes will rival those for private sale. Also, the eligibility criteria has changed which means that more people are able to take advantage of this affordable buying option. Contrary to popular belief, shared ownership isn’t just for NHS staff, armed forces, teachers and other key workers, it’s for those who fit the criteria so it could be anyone from an accountant to a hairdresser!”