Fairness in Social Housing: Peabody

The Peabody Group is a housing association with a 150-year plus history. Housing associations are not for profit organisations set up to offer affordable accommodation to low income households.

They are regulated by the government and restricted by legislation in their activities, for example the rents they can set. The vast majority of housing association tenants come via local authority waiting lists, and housing associations have “nominations agreements” with local authorities giving them rights to vacant properties in their area. Peabody’s purpose is inspired by two great social movements: 1. George Peabody’s vision of providing safe and affordable housing for the working poor of Victorian London, and 2. Grassroots community action in response to the 'Cathy Come Home era' of poor quality housing in post-war Britain led by organisations like Family Mosaic.

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