ARHAG was founded in 1979 to respond to an urgent need for housing and support amongst Britainís fast growing refugee and migrant communities. From the outset, refugees and migrants themselves have been active in shaping and developing the organisation. By 1981 ARHAG was housing its first tenants in short-life properties before referring them on to permanent homes with local authorities and other housing associations. As partnerships with local authority partners evolved, ARHAG began to build and mange its own homes. In the early years, the majority of refugees and migrants ARHAG helped were from Africa, but as needs have changed, so have the communities we work with.
In addition to refugees and migrants from Africa, ARHAG now houses people from the Indian sub-continent, central and Latin America, the middle east and Asia. Our housing stock has grown too. We now own and manage in excess of 700 homes across 13 London boroughs, including one supported housing scheme for people with learning difficulties.