Published: 15th Apr 2021

A housing association that provides vital support to East London’s Bangladeshi community is to add 13 new properties to its portfolio, following a £1.4m loan from Unity Trust Bank. The Bangla Housing Association owns 95 of the 286 affordable homes it manages and aims to purchase as many as possible to help fund its support services. ‘We offer advice on benefits and housing, workshops on healthy living and classes for women to improve their language skills,’ said association chief executive, Bashir Uddin (pictured). ‘We’ve banked with Unity Trust Bank for eight years and borrowed £8.4m during that time to purchase some of the properties that we manage on behalf of other landlords. The more properties we own, the more revenue we can generate for these services. ‘We have an excellent relationship with Unity Trust Bank. The team are very approachable, friendly and flexible, and understand our needs.’ Following the first … (To read the full article, subscribe below)