Worcester social housing tech company snapped up by global real estate biz

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A Worcester technology company which works for the social housing sector has been snapped up by the USA-headquartered MRI Software, a global real estate software company.

Housing Partners’ technology is used by social housing providers, local authorities and tenants. Its expertise and technology will help MRI’s boost its digital capability, particularly in the areas of homelessness and tenant safety. As part of the MRI Living offering, these capabilities will benefit tenants by making it easier for providers to comply with regulation, identify trends and improve services.

Jonathan Prew, Chief Executive Officer of Housing Partners, said: “Becoming part of MRI Software brings the potential for far greater scalability. MRI’s global experience and technology will enable us to bring the benefits of software to many more people. It will also support our clients in speeding up digital transformation, the need for which has been heightened by the COVID-19 crisis as the social housing sector strives to deliver effective and efficient services remotely.”

Housing Partners will continue to serve its clients without interruption. MRI will continue to support and evolve existing solutions and products.

Patrick Ghilani, Chief Executive Officer of MRI Software, said: “We are proud to welcome Housing Partners to the MRI family, adding an exciting and innovative range of digital solutions to our powerful and interoperable MRI Living residential portfolio.

“This acquisition expands MRI’s ability to facilitate the delivery of front-line services, helping social housing providers bring increased flexibility, mobility, safety and security to communities – building on our commitment to improving the lives and experiences of social housing tenants through the power of technology.”

Housing Partners’ range of products includes:

  • Housing Jigsaw – Improving the delivery services by local authorities and housing providers – such as compliance with the Homelessness Reduction Act, case management and accommodation enquiries.
  • Streetwise – an incident management system that tracks and monitors anti-social behaviour and other tenant breaches by identifying patterns of escalating behaviours and prioritising risk;
  • TAIM – an end-to-end tenancy and income management services solution that can automatically aggregate and manipulate internal and external data to identify residency anomalies and fraud, opportunities for intervention and support, and track and trace tenant debt;
  • HomeSwapper – a widely used social housing exchange service providing a platform for tenants to find and enquire about potential relocations – helping those who need more space, have a new job or are possibly in crisis and looking for a new start. More than 260,000 homes have already been swapped by tenants wanting to move – saving landlords more than £200 million in voids.