Women’s Pioneer Housing is London’s largest specialist housing association for women. We own around 1000 properties, 900+ being social rented, in eight boroughs in west and north-west London: Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Ealing, Wandsworth, Hillingdon, Harrow, and Westminster. 80% are studio and one-bedroom flats, mostly in converted Victorian buildings. Many are listed or in conservation areas. We have 90 pepper potted leasehold flats and a small number of market rental investment properties that fund our development projects.
More than decent programme
We are improving our older homes through a More Than Decent programme. With high quality of work and materials we produce desirable flats, which are let on first viewing and have minimal ongoing maintenance. On average we improve 35 homes a year, replacing kitchens and bathrooms and upgrading utilities, incorporating features such as fitted carpets to enhance sound insulation, modern lighting and built in storage and in some flats changing the layout.
Sheltered housing for older women
Our sheltered housing schemes are in Kensington & Chelsea, with 178 flats for women over 60 who wish to live independently in their own home but with added security and back-up support, on site and on call. New tenants come from local authority nominations and our own waiting list.
For almost a century Women’s Pioneer Housing has been creating secure, high standard housing for women in sought-after areas of west London. With new land hard to find our focus is now on making use of space in and around our buildings to create new homes.
Funded by borrowing, not grant, development is undertaken within our subsidiary, Women’s Pioneer Homes. New homes are let at market rents to diversify our income sources and provide more flexible use of the stock in future. Our aim ultimately is to switch these new homes to social or discounted rent.
More development opportunities exist with the prospects for growth rarely available to an organisation of our size.