Latch is a Community Benefit Society and has tax exempt charitable status. This means that we are registered as a charity with HMRC rather than the Charity Commission.
Latch has a Management Committee with ten members from a variety of backgrounds, including finance, housing, regeneration and business. The Management Committee meets every two months and has an AGM once a year. The Committee provides strategic direction, ensures that Latch operates within relevant legislation and has robust policies, procedures and financial controls in place. The Latch Chief Executive reports to the Management Committee. The Management Committee is supported by the Company Secretary. The annual accounts are audited by Ian Pickup and Co.
Latch is organised into three services:
- Property Development
- Supported Housing
- Property Management
Information about the staff team is available on the Latch Team Page.
1989 Latch is set up to work on derelict empty properties with homeless volunteers creating their own housing.
1990 Leeds City Council leases Latch 2 rundown properties in Chapeltown: Latch’s first self-build project.
1994 Winner of the Community Enterprise Award for Housing and Homelessness, presented by Prince Charles.
1999 The National Lottery funds the SOLO project to purchase and refurbish new Latch office premises at 176 Chapeltown Road.
2001 The Number One Project, a self-build project for young people, transforms a large Victorian villa into 6 desirable flats. Latch is awarded the Big Difference Award by the Big Issue in the North.
2003 Latch now has 35 flats and houses and employs 5 staff.
2005 SHIFFT, a 3 year project involving tenants working on their own home improvements is completed, improving 18 properties.
2007 Latch is accredited as a provider of housing support and awarded a contract by Leeds City Council supporting 42 people.
2010 Latch completes a programme of works bringing all properties up to ‘Decent Homes’ standard
2010 Latch completes the eco-renovation of a Grade 2 listed derelict coach house and launches it as the Hands On community training workshop. Latch subsequently wins three awards for the building.
2013 Latch receives funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government Empty Homes Programme to purchase and refurbish 15 empty properties. This will increase Latch’s housing stock to 62 by 2015.
2014 Latch celebrates 25 years of creating homes and changing lives!
2016 Latch starts another Empty Homes programme to purchase and refurbish an additional 16 properties