Discover how we got started in housing and some of our key milestones over the years.
Home Group is a housing association with a difference.
As one of the UK’s largest providers of housing, health and care, Home Group has been making a difference to people’s lives since 1935. Created in the north east but now with a presence in England and Scotland, Home Group support over 125,000 customers across more than 55,000 homes.
Home Group is a social enterprise that supports some of the most vulnerable in society, including people with mental and physical health issues. For over 80 years, they’ve been on a mission to build homes, independence, and aspirations - and they're as determined today as when they started.
Home Group is formed
Set up as 'The Northern Eastern Housing Association' to help people during The Great Depression, Home Group becomes the only housing association formed by an Act of Parliament.
Home Group expands
After starting life solely in the north of England, Home Group expands to include Yorkshire and the midlands and sees its number of properties increase to 19,000.
Following on from the earlier expansion, Home Group increases its presence to also include the south of England.
Home Group merges with three similar organisations, including Warden, Stonham and Cleghorn in Scotland.
Home Group’s market rent subsidiary 'Paramount Homes' forms, later going on to be known as 'Live Smart @ Home'.
Home Group, finally
After several name changes, including 'Industrial' and 'Provident Society' in 1980, Home Group Ltd is finally settled on.
Yorkshire-based Nashayman Housing, a Black and Minority Ethnic housing association, becomes part of Home Group.
Following a large-scale voluntary transfer of homes from Copeland Borough Council, Copeland Homes forms as a subdivision of Home Group.
Home Group adopts charitable status.
Home Group wins a major contract with the government to offer bail accommodation and support services.
Home Group launches its dedicated customer contact centre to improve support for customers.
Rayners Lane in London is completed and becomes an exemplar for the London School of Economics’ Regeneration Framework.
Living our Values
The award-winning Living our Values colleague programme launches and revolutionises Home Group’s approach to workplace culture.
Gateshead Innovation Village is envisioned as part of the Great Exhibition of the North held in Newcastle.
Persona Homes launches
Persona Homes launches with the ambition to build quality, outright sales and shared ownership homes, with all profits reinvested back into Home Group.
Innovation in housing
Home Group hosts a national conference to celebrate the launch of Gateshead Innovation Village, a unique research project looking at new ways of building housing.
With its customers, Home Group develops its customer promise; providing a set of guiding statements to measure its performance against.
2019 and 2020
Landlord of the Year
Home Group was voted Landlord of the Year in the UK Housing Awards in 2019 and 2020.
Home Group becomes a founding member of Greener Futures Partnership
Home Group, alongside five of the UK largest not-for-profit social housing providers, launches The Greener Futures Partnership to create sustainable tenancies, homes and communities.
Home Group moves into One Strawberry Lane.
After over four years of planning and excitement Home Group moves into its new home at One Strawberry Lane.
Where we are now
Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of housing, health and care. Our colleagues support over 125,000 customers across more than 55,000 homes in England and Scotland, which includes around 12,000 people with mental and physical health issues.
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