There are a limited number of vacancies for older people to become Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) residents.  Around half of the association’s 500 existing homes in the north of the city are designed to cater for the needs of those either in or nearing retirement.  Alongside homes solely for rent, several are available to purchase through shared ownership.  This enables buyers to own between 25% and 75% of the property and pay rent on the rest.   The properties were created to promote independence and in-home living but allow special access to shared facilities such as courtyard gardens, TV lounges, a conservatory, a library and even a spa.

Other benefits of being a LJHA resident include 24-hour on-site support from the association’s professionally trained staff and a warden call service.  The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, which offers a kosher café and restaurant, is also close by together with local synagogues.  Mark Grandfield, LJHA Chief Executive, said he looked forward to welcoming new residents into the association’s extended family.

He continued: “Leeds Jewish Housing Association has a well-earned reputation for providing high quality homes at affordable rent.  Drawing on 70 years of knowledge, we also have renowned expertise in retirement living.

“Our tenants retain the advantages of independence without having to worry about home security, repairs and unexpected bills.  Those who choose shared ownership can enjoy these rewards whilst preserving the capital on their home.  “All of our properties are spacious and in first class condition.  They represent an excellent opportunity for prospective residents to become part of a vibrant community in a fantastic part of the city.”

LJHA Director of Operations Craig Simons explained that, whilst many of the association’s regular group activities have had to be restricted because of Covid-19, he was hopeful the programme could return to something approaching normality before too long.

He said:

“There are already arrangements for residents to interact whilst following social distancing guidelines.

“However, for those who have chosen or been advised to shield in their homes, we have made provision for meals to be delivered to their doorsteps.

“Spirits have remained high at all of our housing developments throughout the pandemic.  The arrival of new residents – perhaps to join old friends they have known or worked with in the past – will serve to further lift morale.”

Jayne Wynick, LJHA Chair, added:

“We are always excited to greet people moving into one of our properties.  “There is a friendliness about everything we do, which we value every bit as much as the standard of homes we provide.

“I would encourage anyone who may be attracted to the idea of a lifestyle change in a communal environment to get in touch and register their interest.”

Maryse Whyman, who has been a resident for four years, said she highly recommended the LJHA experience.

She continued:

“We have a wonderful camaraderie which makes living here so enjoyable.  “Our homes are safe and warm, and the staff always makes sure we have everything we need.

“I would not want to live anywhere else.”

Details of how to apply for tenancy with Leeds Jewish Housing Association can be found by logging on to www.ljha.co.uk or calling Tel: 0113 320 7777.