About National Housing Federation
The National Housing Federation is the voice of affordable housing in England. We believe that everyone in the country should live in a quality home that they can afford.
That’s why the Federation represents the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing. Our members (housing associations) provide two and a half million homes for more than five million people. And each year they invest in a diverse range of neighbourhood projects that help create strong, vibrant communities.
Please find more about our organisation below (hyperlinks to further information are displayed in orange below ).
By 2019, our members will be independent, private businesses that exist for social good, taking charge of their own destiny and providing the homes the country needs..
The Federation will achieve this by keeping housing associations’ interests central to housing policy development as trusted and respected partners with key decision makers. Being at the centre of decision-making, the 2020 election policy outcomes will hold no shocks for our members.
Our strategic themes
We will focus on three themes, with the sector's 2033 vision, an ambition to deliver at the heart of our work.
Ambition to deliver
Housing associations are independent, innovative, private bodies that exist for social good, by 2033, they will be:
- Building, maintaining and managing more good quality homes across all tenures and for all ages and income groups
- Investing in economically and socially healthy and resilient communities
- Broadcasting the message “If you want a great place to live, come to a housing association”
Being the leading voice
We use a collective voice to inspire confidence in housing associations, creating an environment that enables them to provide homes of all types and tenure and contribute to economic growth.
Strengthening our sector
We will work with policy makers and housing associations to create a coherent new economic model of delivery, within a new contractual relationship with Government. This will enable our members to be independent, diverse and efficient organisations, equipped to deliver the outcomes that strengthen their business and work for their communities.
Customer focused, relevant federation
We will demonstrate a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of our members and, by being fully aware of the external environment, and add value to our members’ businesses.
We will ensure customer service runs through everything they do, every pound they spend and where they choose to focus our resources to achieve best outcomes for our members.
Our self-funded commercial services will provide members with additional services and benefits across the strategic themes. They will explore opportunities for greater commercial income and optimise current activities, in line with members’ needs.
Owning our future
Housing associations exist to ensure everyone in the country can live in a quality home that they can afford. If you want to end the housing crisis, you need to work with us.
But that’s not always how we’re perceived. Owning our Future aims to change this. We need to build new relationships and tell our compelling shared story, backed up by the facts.
In a new political and economic environment, it is even more important that housing associations and the work they do are valued and understood, both by the communities they serve and the decision-makers who have most influence over their future.
It’s time to act
We’re launching a new strategy, Owning our Future, to bring housing associations together to collectively reposition our sector. That means doing three things:
- Telling a compelling shared story
- Building the relationships we need
- Delivering on the substance.
Find out more and download owning our future document.