We’re Abri, a housing association based in the south of England. One of the largest in fact. We’ve got 35,000 homes and 80,000 residents living in them.
There aren’t enough homes for everyone who needs one. And we don’t think that’s right.
So we build, own, look after and sell homes that people can afford. Including homes for affordable and social rent. And homes to buy through things like Shared Ownership and Help to Buy. We also have houses for market rent and sale too.
And that’s not the half of it…
We believe home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. It’s feeling safe, secure, and happy.
Everyone has the right to a safe, warm, and sustainable home. And to feel part of a community where everybody has the opportunity to belong, grow, and thrive.
Home is a place where you can dream big, achieve your goals, and be who you want to be.
But not everyone is fortunate enough to have a home. Homelessness, poverty, domestic abuse, and inequality are challenges people face every day. Finding ways to solve these challenges drives us.
And not everyone has had the same opportunities or life chances either. That’s why we help people with budgeting, finances, employment, training, health and wellbeing.
The belief that we can fix these issues, or at least make a dent in them is something shared by everyone at Abri. It’s what gets us up every day.
That means we reinvest any money we make straight back into building more homes and helping out in communities.
We always have an eye on the future. Our industry and our world are changing at breakneck pace, so we like to give a friendly nudge to anyone slipping into the “but we’ve always done it that way” mindset. We also run research projects to find new, better, greener ways of working. And you’ll see us collaborating with some of the UK’s leading think tanks, policymakers and researchers.
Change is a two-way street. So we regularly chat with the people who make the big decisions: MPs, councillors and officials – both national and local. If their work affects our communities, we probably already know whether or not they take sugar in their tea. And we’re a vocal bunch, so when a new consultation paper is doing the rounds, we always speak up and get involved in the discussion.