Housing Association Database

Overview of Housing Associations:

Over the past two decades, significant transfers of social housing stock from the public sector have positioned housing associations as the primary providers of social housing in the UK. These organizations range widely in size—from large associations managing thousands of units to small entities like ancient Almshouse Charities, which may manage just a few cottages and are often administered by part-time officials.

Complex Legal Structures:

The legal structures and ownership of housing associations can be intricate, with some associations managed by a single team yet legally operating as distinct entities—some charitable, others not.

Diversity in Services:

Housing associations serve various tenant needs. Large associations offer housing across all public segments, whereas smaller ones might focus on niche groups, such as elderly residents from specific communities or retired professionals. Specialized organizations like YMCAs and Foyers provide accommodation for young single individuals, and Abbeyfield Societies offer sheltered living or nursing homes for the elderly.

Database Organization:

Parent/Subsidiary Relationships Given the frequent mergers and name changes within the sector, our database carefully tracks the complex relationships between parent companies and their subsidiaries. We list shared management contacts under the group organization to prevent duplicative entries.

Principal Contact: Each association has a designated “Chief Officer.” In larger associations, this is typically the Chief Executive or Director, while in smaller entities, it could be the Secretary or even the Chairman, depending on the organization’s preference.

Job Functions: The database includes a wide range of management positions, categorized by function to clarify each role’s responsibilities due to the diversity of job titles within the sector.

Units Owned/Managed: We record the total number of housing “units” managed by each organization, which may include houses, flats, or even individual rooms within hostels or nursing homes.

Additional Profiling Information:

Tenant Groups: Identifies the specific tenant demographics served by each organization.

Accommodation Types: Details the variety of housing options provided, from individual homes to specialized accommodation.

Local Authority Area Mapping: Displays the distribution and quantity of housing stock managed by each association within different local authority areas. This comprehensive database serves as an essential resource for stakeholders across the housing sector, facilitating connections and providing detailed insights into the management and scope of housing associations in the UK.