History of Provanhall Housing Association (PHA)
PHA’s roots go back to the 1950s when Glasgow Corporation followed a policy of large-scale slum clearance in the inner city and the creation of a new generation of council houses on the city’s outer edges. Easterhouse was built from the mid-1950s onwards to house a population of 50,000 people and was the largest of the new estates that were built.
By the 1980s, many communities in Easterhouse including Provanhall had serious housing and social problems which the City Council was unable to resolve. A new breed of community-controlled housing associations emerged in Easterhouse – Provanhall among them - which became landlords, developers, and managers of housing. Led by local residents, the Easterhouse housing associations exemplified “people power” in action and became part of a citywide movement of similar organisations which acted as renewal agents in communities throughout Glasgow. The longevity of the Easterhouse associations tells its own story of why local solutions work and is testament to the many Easterhouse residents who have served on management committees without payment for the good of their community.
PHA’s initial focus was on improving the quality and sustainability of housing, by renovating existing homes and building new ones. The new build element of the regeneration has helped to increase diversity in house types and sizes.
A second wave of growth occurred in 2009, when Glasgow Housing Association finally completed the transfer of 195 homes to the Association, following a six-year transfer process. This Community controlled housing association, set up in 1991 Registered Social Landlord with charitable status established PHA as the owner and manager of all social rented housing in Provanhall, although Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has since built 2 new build developments in Provanhall. PHA secured a role in the second of these developments, taking ownership of 26 completed homes during 2019/20 and 2020/21. Community governance has been part of the Association’s DNA throughout its history. The leadership provided by local people has contributed to sustainable regeneration, better long-term value for public money, and a wide range of other achievements.
We continue to work with, and develop, Easterhouse Housing and Regeneration Alliance (EHRA), the partnership of the 8 local Community Based Housing Associations in Easterhouse. We undertake a lot of joint lobbying and training in partnership with them.
We do not have any shareholders, so all surplus is re-invested in delivering services for our tenants and community.
Our stock is a mix of general family homes, amenity houses and wheelchair houses and flats.