Hemel Hempstead MP, the Rt Hon Mike Penning, invited staff, stakeholders and involved residents from Hightown Housing Association to a House of Commons reception to thank them for their hard work in providing housing, care and support to thousands of local people.

It was also the first event to mark 50 years since Hemel Hempstead-based Hightown was set up in July 1967 to help meet affordable housing needs in the area, with its first properties being built on the Cornfields estate.

The charitable housing association now manages over 5,300 homes, principally in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and employs more than 800 staff, mainly in its care and supported housing schemes.

As a close neighbour to some of Hightown’s homes in Hemel Hempstead, the Rt Hon Mike Penning MP praised the dedication of the organisation’s staff in delivering the services they provide to their residents. “I have seen the commitment of Hightown staff first hand. Organisations like Hightown are a real lifeline to many people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to rent or buy a home in their local area.” he said.

Hightown’s Board Chair Tony Keen and Chief Executive David Bogle were among those attending the Commons’ event hosted by the Rt Hon Mike Penning MP.