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PlaceShapers are distinctive. We build more than homes - we shape communities and unite around shared values as a voice for change.

We're a national network of more than 100 community based housing associations. More than 25% of people who live in a housing association home in England live in one our homes and our services are used by more than two million people. 

All members sign up to these five principles:

  • We put our residents and customers at the centre of what we do and ensure they have real influence on our organisations.
  • We provide more than just landlord services because we care about the people and places where we work.
  • We build homes that respond to local housing need.
  • We recognise the importance of a local focus and work actively with our local authorities and other local partners to improve and shape places at both a strategic and operational level. 
  • We believe there's strength and benefit to residents and stakeholders in maintaining a strong, independent, diverse, values-driven housing association sector.

We have four priority areas


We Build

We support members to explore all opportunities to contribute new homes of all tenures, particularly where these contribute to wider community regeneration. Facilitate joint ventures or collaboration on new supply at a regional level where this may be beneficial. Publish research to confirm our contribution to new homes supply.

We Work

We Work continues to evidence and promote the many ways in which members provide pathways into work and training within their communities including via apprenticeships, volunteering schemes and collaboration with partner organisations. 

We Care

Welfare reform & poverty: Contribute ongoing evidence of the impact of welfare reforms and poverty levels locally, sharing experiences  and effective practice for supporting customers. Contribute to work aimed at combatting poverty including initiatives to improve the affordability of homes.
Supported housing: Continue to take a leading role in work to secure the future of supported housing and its future funding, evidencing the long-term benefits and value of such services.
Health & housing integration: Continue to promote members’ contribution to this agenda and the cost benefits, developing increased opportunities for partnerships between housing providers and the health and social care sector.

We Share

Policy development: Lobby and comment on policy proposals, evidencing our work through member feedback and driving longer-term change through collaboration. Focus on building new homes and economic regeneration, employment support, tackling poverty and homelessness, housing affordability and the integration of housing and health services including a secure future for supported housing.
Partnership engagement: Engage with stakeholders and partner organisations on key issues and policy options, share ideas and gain feedback on our activities and to facilitate joint working on common areas of interest.
Value for Money and efficiency: Provide performance data for members to support benchmarking and facilitate sharing of best practice. Research and disseminate analysis of efficiency gains and social return delivered collectively, including via the new “sector scorecard”. Undertake further research on financial benchmarking, exploring options for increasing capacity through partnerships and joint ventures.
Learning from others: Facilitate opportunities for members to share ideas and good practice both within the network and with others from whom we can learn.



Read our agreed vision.

Read our membership criteria and decision process.

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