Our history

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We have been supporting vulnerable people in the South of England for over four decades.

Our organisation began in 1972 as a small voluntary group providing housing for people using mental health services. The group had links with mental health charity, MIND, but remained small and local for more than fifteen years.

Everything changed in 1989 when we (then called Brighton & Hove Area Group Housing Association) took on our first paid staff and began to expand. The people we pledged to provide support for widened to include people with learning disabilities and new services were opened.

Renamed Southdown Housing Association in 1996, we continued to grow and develop a wide range of innovative services for the local community. Our high quality housing and specialist support succeeded in giving vulnerable people more independence and greater choice in how they lived.

Today, Southdown has grown to become one of the largest voluntary sector employers in Sussex, providing care and support to over 9,000 people and employing over 1,000 staff each year.

Our services are spread along the South coast from Chichester to Hastings, and inland to Crawley, Horsham and Lewes. Contracts with Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups for East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove supply most of the income to provide our services.