Southern Housing Group

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Southern Housing Group is among the largest and oldest housing associations in the UK, managing 28,000 homes for over 66,000 residents in London and the south east of England.


Southern Housing Group began as the Samuel Lewis Housing Trust in 1901 when Samuel Lewis, an English money-lender and philanthropist, died and left an endowment of £670,000 to set up a charitable trust to provide housing for the poor (equivalent to about £30 million in modern terms).

Samuel Lewis Housing Trust completed its first properties in 1910 at Liverpool Road in Islington, London. These were:

In 2001 the Trust changed its name to Southern Housing Group to reflect the changing nature and scope of the organisation.

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