We are L&Q, one of the UK’s leading housing charities and developers

Our roots date back nearly 60 years, and we've been shaping some of the most exciting, diverse and dynamic regions in the country ever since.

Our vision is that everyone deserves a quality home that provides them with the opportunity to live a better life, and our purpose is to provide homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of. We'll do this by delivering safe, high quality homes, services and support for all of our residents.

As a regulated charitable housing association, all the money we make is reinvested into new and existing homes, creating successful communities and providing services for our residents. This makes us one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses.

Everything we do begins with social purpose. Our roots go back to the ‘new wave’ of housing associations created in the 1960s, born out of a growing social consciousness around housing and homelessness.

In October 1963, the combined dream of 32 young professionals to end homelessness, and a total investment of £64, created the multibillion social business we are today. We set out to provide quality, affordable homes for the most vulnerable in society and it is that same fundamental mission that drives us today.

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Our history

The history of L&Q dates back nearly 60 years to our inception in 1963
Our purpose is to provide homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of. 

We focus on the needs of our existing social housing residents by investing in their homes, local communities and services. We also create quality homes to suit a whole range of aspirations, incomes and stages of life, for private rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

The health and safety of our residents is our number one priority and we’re proud to be an influential part of the Government’s Early Adopters Group, spearheading a vision to create an industry that puts people’s safety first.

We’re also a major residential and mixed-use developer and committed to working with like-minded partners to help solve the housing crisis. For us, this means playing a vital role to build  much-needed new homes.

Of these homes, 60% will be built or funded by us, whilst a further 40% will come through partnerships. Crucially, at least half of these new homes will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London.

As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We're a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation. We believe everyone should have the same chances in life no matter where they live.

Our care and support subsidiary, L&Q Living, also offers housing and other assistance to meet the evolving needs of older and vulnerable people in our society.

50% of our new homes will be genuinely affordable

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