We’ve been supporting people in the South of England access housing, care, and support for fifty years.

Brighton & Hove Area Group Housing Association

We started in 1972 as a small voluntary group providing housing for local people using mental health services. We had links with the mental health charity Mind, but we remained a small volunteer-run organisation working in the Brighton & Hove area for more than fifteen years.

In 1989 we took on our first paid staff and began to expand our reach across Sussex. We also expanded the services we offered and began supporting people with learning disabilities too.

Southdown Housing Association

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

Southdown today

Today, we’ve 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 clients and tenants have mental health difficulties or learning disabilities or are people who are or have been homeless. A smaller number have addiction issues or sensory or physical disabilities.

Our services now spread along the South coast from Chichester to Hastings, as well as inland to Crawley, Horsham, and Lewes. Most of our income comes from contracts with Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups for East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Although we’ve grown and changed over five decades, the heart of our work hasn’t changed at all. We’re here to make sure that vulnerable local people get the support they need to live a more fulfilled and independent life.