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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 Kate Henderson. 

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. The umbrella organisation for housing associations is 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, or head over to Meet the Neighbours


@insidehousing Inside Housing (or insidehousing.co.uk by subscription online) is a weekly for the UK – not just English – social housing sector. There's also a monthly print publication,  @24housing (24housing.co.uk non-subscription). 

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