Our history

Quality Local Living since 1972

In 1972, after watching the BBC drama Cathy Come Home, our founder John Belcher began the then named Sheffield Family Housing Association; helping young homeless families in Sheffield.John Belcher

Over forty years later we’re still providing quality local living; retrofitting, renovating, designing & building homes throughout the city region but the work we do is now more than housing; 60% of our work is providing care and support, helping vulnerable people to remain independent.

John Belcher founded our organisation in 1972 and sadly passed away in 2011. Speaking in 1992, 20 years after the organisation was founded, John said:

“If I was looking for something which sums up the achievements of South Yorkshire Housing Association, I would say that you need good people to achieve good results.”

In 2012 we celebrated our 40th Birthday by making a film about some of the many fantastic people who have helped to make us who we are today. Watch the film here: