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Chair of Residents Group crowned national Tenant Champion

24 October 2018

Chair of Residents Group crowned national Tenant Champion

We are delighted to share that Luchia Fitzgerald, the Chair of our Residents Scrutiny Panel has bagged the Tenant Champion award at the 24housing Awards.

Founded in 2013 with the aim of celebrating the very best that the housing sector has to offer. The 24housing Awards have become an evening of celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector nationally.

This year’s awards took place on October 18th, with 14 individual and team awards being given out across a range of categories. The Tenant Champion Award recognises someone who leads and inspires their fellow residents. 

Born in a Magdalene asylum in the Republic of Ireland, Luchia Fitzgerald has had her fair share of hardships. She has been abused, homeless and victimised, yet this hasn’t stopped her in her quest for equality.

As an Irwell Valley resident and an activist on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Manchester for over half a century, Luchia has ensured that LGBT tenants in need of support can approach her for advice and support as a trusted and knowledgeable advocate. Wherever she believes there is a wrong that needs to be exposed, she fights for transparency and accountability.                                             

From campaigning in the 1960’s and setting up the first women’s refuge outside of London, to her work today as the Chair of Irwell Valley’s Resident’s Scrutiny Panel and member of HouseProud North West, Luchia continues to make a lasting impact on the lives of the LGBT community within Greater Manchester.

For Luchia a current issue within housing is that older LGBT communities are often overlooked in housing and care planning, and that they feel they have limited choice in the care options that are available.

Working with us, Luchia has helped us to develop our LGBT strategy which helps us to support customers and colleagues across the broad spectrum of sexuality and gender identity, through awareness raising, training and improved consultation.

This award is a fitting tribute to the amazing work she does with not only our residents but in the wider housing community. Whether she knows you or not, Luchia will always greet you with a smile and a warm hug. As a campaigner, friend, or in the simple interactions of life, her kindness and humanity shine through and we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.