Hertfordshire Housing Conference Ltd. (HHC) is a company limited by guarantee and set up to provide conference, training and networking events which promote the development of high quality, affordable housing in Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire Housing Conference is the main event organised each year by HHC. This conference was first held in 1999 when Kerry Pollard, M.P. for St. Albans from 1997 to 2005, had the idea of bringing together everyone involved in providing and managing affordable housing in Hertfordshire to discuss and debate how more homes could be built to meet the very high levels of housing need he was encountering in his constituency work. Working initially with sponsorship from Aldwyck and Hightown housing associations, the first conference was a great success and became an annual event attracting high profile speakers including Housing Ministers, Nick Raynsford, Hilary Armstrong, Charles Falconer and Yvette Cooper. The conference has also been very well supported by the Homes and Community Agency. Hertfordshire Housing Conference Ltd. has the following members:
In addition to the annual Hertfordshire Housing Conference, the company has organised breakfast meetings with M.P.s and government or opposition spokespersons at the House of Commons and other events aimed at bringing together key stakeholders to discuss how to increase the supply of affordable housing in Hertfordshire so as to meet continuing high levels of need and demand and to promote balanced and sustainable communities.
The company is not seeking to generate surpluses from its activities. Surpluses that do occur are reinvested into future events.