About us

Our History

We have a proud history which reaches back almost 35 years. Tamil Housing was first set-up to support refugees from Sri Lanka. We are here to serve all local communities where Tamil Housing own and manage homes. We relate to our founding vision and serve local communities by empowering and supporting grass-roots work. Tamil Housing’s Management Board consist of community members and housing professionals. Community members can get involved with the Association’s work by becoming a Management or Resident Board Member or grass-roots delivery partner.

1986Tamil Refugee Action Group (TRAG) was founded by a group of committed community organisers as a self-help initiative to address the housing and support needs of Tamil refugees arriving from Sri Lanka.

1996 – TRAG was re-launched as Tamil Community Housing Association (TCHA – Tamil Housing) with a dual objective of meeting the  housing and support needs of refugees and those of the Tamil Community, who settled in the UK primarily in the Greater London area.

2003 – Tamil Housing registered as an Industrial and Provident Society with charitable status, and later became a member of the National Housing Federation (NHF).

2023 – TCHA merges with Apna Ghar Housing Association. Apna Ghar (‘our home’ in Hindi) was founded in 1979 by a group of disabled people. Their aim was to respond to an urgent need for housing and support shared by many disabled people, but particularly by those with Asian backgrounds. The merger in 2023 brought together two community focused housing associations with a similar mission and values.

Our vision is: To be a successful community driven social business, providing high quality homes and act as a community hub for developing and delivering services that puts the local community at its heart, in areas where we provide housing. What started off as a dedicated service to Tamil Refugees, have now

Our mission: Is to combine our housing and community expertise to increase the supply of new homes at affordable rent for people with the greatest need, co-design solutions with community groups and professionals to meet the housing and other needs of the community.

Tamil Housing Today

TCHA is the largest social business within the Tamil community.

The merger with Apna Ghar brings TCHA’s asset base to £45m and the number of homes we own and manage to more than 625. We are continuing to take up development opportunities.

We work in partnership with community groups to pioneer and develop community-led solutions to meet people’s needs.

Values matter to us:

  • Our work is rooted in the community
  • We work together and value each other
  • We treat our residents, partners and stakeholders with respect and dignity

Our approach:

  • Always put tenants and the community first
  • Demonstrate a can do approach
  • Run a financially strong and sound business
  • Achieve an optimum return from all our investments
  • Practice equality of opportunity in all areas of TCHA’s business
  • Deliver excellence in services in all areas of our business
  • Promote environmentally friendly practices and services