Soho Housing was set up in the early 1970s by people living in Soho to improve local housing conditions and to ensure that its existing homes were not destroyed by redevelopment. They hoped that, by providing homes in the area at prices local residents could afford, the existing community could be retained and strengthened.
The first properties were purchased in 1977, consisting of the terrace of listed houses in Great Pulteney Street, together with the site at the rear in Bridle Lane, now called John Broadwood House. Since then we have purchased and improved several other blocks of flats to provide family homes, with some open space for the residents wherever possible, in Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Farringdon, Queen's Park and Victoria. Our largest property is Sandringham Flats in Charing Cross Road with 125 homes and 14 shops. We also have a sheltered housing scheme, Pargiter Court, for the elderly in Soho with 19 flats.
40 years later, we are still a financially robust organisation, with plans to continue developing new homes.
Altogether, we own more than 800 homes and have 30 commercial tenants.