Our history

Image of Shepherds Bush EmpireOur foundations lie in the 1960s when members of St Stephen's Church in Shepherds Bush were deeply concerned about the appalling conditions in which parishioners lived.

Slum landlords were exploiting private tenants, charging extortionate rents for rooms in run-down properties.

Rev John Asbridge, the vicar, called together a group of people, drawn from the parish and contacts, to "acquire and administer property for letting to needy families."

Our first property was 220 Hammersmith Grove, a handsome run-down four-storey building which we converted into four flats.

We now own and manage more than 5,000 homes as we believe that affordable homes of quality are the foundation of our society. We regenerate neighbourhoods, help residents to live independently, provide a furniture re-use service and help people onto the property ladder through low-cost home ownership.

 

Our roots