What is a housing association? And what do they do?
Think of a community service. Any service. From after-school clubs to furniture recycling, from healthy living initiatives to helping business start-ups, somewhere a housing association is probably delivering it. By being independent, responding to local needs not just national policy, they can provide the right services in the right places.
That's in addition to the 2.5 million homes for over 5 million people in England.
Ultimately housing associations make communities better places to live and are key partners for local government and other community and voluntary organisations.
Why do they do it? Because they are social businesses, without shareholders or dividends to prioritise. They exist purely to support the communities they serve.
Join our campaign to defend the independence of housing associations so that they can continue to deliver a unique and diverse range of services.
The campaign will promote the benefits of a strong and independent housing association movement, emphasising the ethical difference with private business.
Find out more:
. Celebrating shared ownership: In 2009 the Federation celebrated thirty years of shared ownership. Download our special anniversary publication for more information.
. The Housing Act: Now that the Housing Bill has become law find out about how our campaign resulted in a much improved Housing Act