Experienced housing expert Vin Totton has been appointed to head up the housing and lettings division of north east charity Action Foundation.
The organisation helps refugees and asylum seekers to integrate into the UK system, and provides transitional housing and support to help them get established.
Vin has more than 25 years’ experience in housing management and used to lead the Asylum Seekers’ Unit in Newcastle when Your Homes Newcastle had the Home Office contract. More recently he worked at Jomast which currently holds the contract, and managed its delivery across both Tyneside and Teesside.
Action Letting currently lets and manages houses in the Newcastle area, and is launching into the Sunderland area next year as part of the planned expansion of the service. The need for supportive accommodation for refugees in Wearside is significant.
Julian Prior, chief executive of Action Foundation, said: “We have worked with Vin in the past and are delighted he has agreed to join us. He is the ideal person to manage and expand our housing and lettings divisions, with the right contacts and experience to make things happen.
“We are looking forward to seeing the impact on our growth that Vin will make as he brings his expertise to the role over the next few months.”
Vin added: “I have admired the way Action Foundation works for some time, as our paths have crossed in this sector, especially in the way they engage with their clients. The approach is quite different, offering housing but a much wider range of services to support their tenants, many of whom are quite disorientated after their experiences, and need extra support to move on.
“I am very pleased to head up Action Housing and Action Lettings moving forward, as there are some exciting plans to extend our services, starting with Sunderland in the very near future. I am looking forward to being instrumental in delivering the next stage of our growth.”
Action Foundation has been recognised nationally for their work addressing poverty and disadvantage by winning a Centre for Social Justice Award in London earlier in October, one of only six national charities to win an award.