Our History 

Last updated - 13 November 2017

Providing homes for those in need
Genesis Housing Association was formed in April 2011, following a group merger between Paddington Churches Housing Association, Springboard, Pathmeads and Genesis Housing Group. Our story began over 50 years ago, when Paddington Churches Housing Association was first formed (1965) in response to the serious housing crisis that was gripping parts of London.

Paddington was one of the boroughs worst affected by the housing crisis, with many families living in poor and severely overcrowded conditions, often without basic facilities. Council research at the time estimated that there were 40,000 people living in just over 6,000 homes, and 86 per cent of houses did not have their own bath or toilet.

PCHA was set up in 1965 and leased its first property at Chevening Road, NW6, to two families in March 1966.

We have come a long way in that time, and the external environment has changed dramatically, but we continue to be guided by our social purpose and consistent principles of helping people in and around London with strong support, housing to be proud of and opportunities to turn lives around.

Our proposed merger with Notting Hill Housing will bring together two like-minded organisations with similar goals, stock profiles and beginnings (Notting Hill was formed in West London in 1963).

To find out more about where Genesis began and how we have grown, you can read our ‘Genesis: a history’ report or watch this video marking our 50th anniversary.