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Housing Hero receives national award

Lifetime Achievement Award for Housing Plus Chair

Dr Mary Griffiths, chair of the Housing Plus Group in South Staffordshire, has been presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Housing award presented jointly by the Chartered institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine as part of the national Housing Heroes event.

Dr Griffiths has dedicated her career to social housing, campaigning for better provision for homeless people, teaching housing professionals and leading a housing association.

“We raised the profile of single homeless people nationally and gave them a voice. There was a lot of individual campaigning too, for young people leaving care, recognising that they needed continuing support,” she recalls.

As a lecturer, Dr Griffiths inspired a generation of housing professionals during a teaching career spanning almost twenty years. She also helped to create the South Staffordshire Housing Association and is the retiring chair of its parent board, the Housing Plus Group.

“I was brought up to see the value of looking after poorer people in society, it is part of my DNA,” she says. “Fairness and equality matter to me. There are lots of great schemes to help people buy property but we need more help for those lower down the housing ladder, for whom buying a home is out of the question.”

This week Mary Griffiths was presented with the Lifetime Achievement in Housing Award, the highlight of the national Housing Heroes event.

Debbie Griffiths, group chief executive at Housing Plus Group, said that she was delighted with the recognition for the chair of the organisation. “Mary is passionate about the social housing sector and the difference that affordable housing can make to the lives of individuals and families. She is very modest and I’m sure would not think she has done anything exceptional – but everyone else who has worked with her over the years, disagrees!”