Transfer of older people's schemes


07 October 2020

We can now confirm Housing 21 will be taking ownership of two of our Birmingham older people's schemes - Harmony House, Small Heath, and Barbara Glasgow House, Washwood Heath. 

We'd like to thank residents at both schemes for their feedback and support during the consultation process. 

Robin Deane, Head of Independent Living at Optivo, said: “We believe transferring these schemes to Housing 21 will enable residents to continue to receive a high quality local service and future investment works.

“We had a very thorough consultation with our residents and their families before our final decision was made. We held socially distanced meetings for residents to have the opportunity to ask questions and meet representatives of Optivo and Housing 21.

“We’re satisfied our residents are fully behind this transfer. Housing 21 will continue to run the schemes in a similar way, with exceptional service and residents at the heart of everything they do.”

Lucy Hales, Head of Retirement Housing (Central region), from Housing 21, added: “We are delighted to be acquiring Harmony House and Barbara Glasgow House from Optivo, and are excited to welcome residents to Housing 21.

“We currently manage around 20,000 properties for older people across England, and are committed to providing residents with a quality service."