HfHH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International which is a global Christian charity devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing in more than 100 countries worldwide. HfHH was founded in 1996 (under the name Southwark Habitat for Humanity) by a group of local people who were concerned about housing in London and were passionate in their belief that communities needed to be active in providing solutions to the housing problems they face. Since starting we have helped house 279 people through our new build and empty homes projects.
In its early years, we completed sixteen affordable housing units in Peckham, south London, helping low income families achieve sustainable home ownership. In 2009, we also completed work on the ‘Star of India’, a block of twelve one and two-bedroom flats developed on the site of the former Star of India public house in Peckham. This now provides social rented accommodation for twelve local families.
These projects were foundational to developing the charity’s local response and reputation and as a result we are expanding both our new-build and refurbishment programmes, along with an increasing ability to undertake more corporate-sponsored projects for other charities.