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History of Arhag


ARHAG was founded in 1979 to respond to an urgent need for housing and support amongst Britain’s 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.


It is 40 years since Arhag was founded.  Over that time we have developed to become a good performing housing association.  We have grown to over 900 properties across 15 London boroughs, including one supported housing scheme for refugees and migrants.   We seek to continuously improve the quality of our services to residents and the communities we work in.  We work with a highly diverse client group and strive to provide quality homes that residents can afford.  Through our resident and community engagement initiatives, we work to achieve our mission statement 'To provide the best housing services to our customers while developing the potential of migrants and refugees in London'.