The original four housing associations:
The Leeds Tenants Housing Society Limited was formed in 1950 and was registered as a Friendly Society, affiliated to the National Federation of Housing Societies. Its founder, Charles Charlesworth, wanted to tackle homelessness which had risen in the years following World War II. Mr Charlesworth had been impressed with the co-operative housing movement in Sweden and based Leeds Tenants Housing Society on this model.
Yorkshire Cottage Housing Association Limited was founded in 1952. It provided some general family housing, but focused primarily on accommodation for the elderly.
Aggrey Housing Limited was formed in 1955 and named after the Ghanaian educationist Dr J.E.K. Aggrey (1875-1927). It was one of the country’s first housing providers for Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Dr Aggrey aimed to support the integration of newcomers to Leeds.
Aire Valley Housing Limited was founded in 1962 as a development consortium which focused on the design, contruction and management of properties for 'fairly' priced rents.
Where we are now:
Today we have our head office in Headingley, Leeds. We build and manage homes to rent and buy across Yorkshire. We currently provide homes to nearly 1,500 individuals and families.
We remain a forward thinking, dynamic and progressive organisation which continually punches above our weight and strives to be the best we can be. The core values of the orginal housing associations which formed Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association remain embodied in our approach today. Our mission is to "Provide excellent quality homes and services that make a positive impact on people and communities."