We are proud of our history. We started life in February 1974, as Brent People’s Housing Association, acquiring our first home for rent in Willesden.
We grew steadily through the 1970s and 1980s acquiring and building homes for affordable rent across different parts of London, with the help of government funding, for people who could not afford to buy or rent in the open markets. We developed our first home for sale in 1982 and have continued to grow our offer ever since.
In 1988 we changed our name to Network Housing Association.
We grew rapidly in the 1990s and 2000s, taking transfers of homes from local authorities and smaller housing associations, and creating the Network Housing Group structure in 2003.
Over time, we have increased the range and types of homes that we provide. We now operate across the whole housing market, providing homes to people from all walks of life. This includes:
- Social rented properties
- Penthouse apartments in prestigious private developments for sale or rent
- Homes for young families and single people
- Sheltered accommodation and Extra Care properties for older people
- Homes for key workers
- Homes for people who are homeless
In April 2016 we restructured our business, bringing all four main operating housing associations and the group parent together to become a single organisation, Network Homes. Networks are about making connections and building relationships. Network Homes is about connecting people to all the possibilities that come with a good home.
Some key dates in our history:
1974: Brent People’s Housing Association (BPHA) formed and acquires first home in Willesden
1976: First major estate acquired – Roundwood Estate in Brent
1978: First sheltered homes built in Harlesden
1982: First shared ownership home sold
1988: BPHA becomes Network Housing Association
1992: Solon Co-operative Housing Services joins Network HA
1995: Network forms Riversmead HA to manage nearly 4,000 homes for East Herts Council
1998: Mitali HA joins Network HA
1998: First key worker homes for NHS provided at Northwick Park through our new specialist subsidiary, London Strategic Housing
2000: Brent Council transfers its sheltered housing and resident care homes to specialist Network subsidiary, Willow HA
2002: East Herts Council transfers around 4,000 homes to Riversmead HA following a successful tenant vote
2003: Network Housing Group structure created
2004: First student homes
2007: Lambeth Council transfers over 1,400 homes at Stockwell Park to new Network subsidiary, Community Trust Housing, to facilitate estate regeneration following a successful tenant vote
2011: Network Housing Group begins to simplify its structure – Mitali leaves in 2012 and Solon is disbanded in 2013
2013: Named as ‘Development Team of the Year’ after starting more than 1,000 homes in a year for first time
2014: First homes for outright market sale
2014: Network wins six major national development awards for the quality of its new homes
2015: Network signs an exclusive two year deal to provide homes for market rent with prestigious developer, Stanhope Developments
2016: Network amalgamates its operations to become a single organisation, Network Homes
2016: Network Homes named as ‘Housing Association of the Year’ at the WhatHouse? Awards and ‘Overall Winner’ at the National Housing Awards
2016: 14 major national awards for the quality of our new homes and for our customer service
2017: RESI Landlord of the Year (Registered Social) and won first prize at the London Homelessness Awards for Project Vista
2017: 20 members of staff cycle from London to Paris, raising £66,000 for St Mungo's
2019: CEO Helen Evans becomes Chair of the G15, the group of London’s largest housing associations