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National housing resources

National housing resources

The  Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people working in housing. Many Soha staff are Members of the Institute. It gathers together best practice from around the sector. This is used to produce frameworks for housing providers, such as Soha, to help us shape our services. Examples are the Respect Charter on Anti-Social Behaviour or the Complaints Charter. The CIH influences the direction of policy of central government. Its Chief Executive is Terrie Alafat. 

The  National Housing Federation (NHF) represents the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing. Most housing associations belong to the NHF. It was the NHF which brokered a voluntary deal between Housing Associations and Government over the latest Right to Buy proposals in September 2015. Its Chief Executive is David Orr. 

Social housing information and statistics

If you're interested in the general picture of social housing, a good place to start is the  Chartered Institute of Housing

Or try these accounts on Twitter:


@DavidPipeCIH David is the Policy and Practice officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing. As soon as a policy paper or response to a Government announcement comes out, you’ll see it here first.  

@HCA_UK The Homes and Communities Agency is the national housing and regeneration agency for England and the social housing regulator.

@CommunitiesUK is the Government Department for Communities and Local Government covers housing, planning, building and local growth.

@natfednews is the Twitter account for the National Housing Federation.


If you’d like to know more about the real people who live in social housing, take a look at our #RealPeopleTrueStories a collection of films about Soha residents. Another source is Tenants TV, which produces films to (in its own words) “help raise living standards by improving communication …”


Lots of people comment on social housing but try  @TimMorton2, a consultant on social housing, social investment, neighbourhoods and community, and  @Scrutinylive which is a national tenant scrutiny panel. 


@insidehousing Inside Housing is a weekly for the UK – not just English – social housing sector and there’s also a monthly print publication,  @24housing with a daily online digest. 

And, of course, do follow us  @SohaHousing!

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