Our History

Estuary Housing Association was registered with the Housing Corporation in 1984. We are a registered social landlord with charitable status and originally concentrated on housing management. Since 1990 however, we have increased our development activity Estuary Development - Milton Road, Southend on Seaand now provide both rented properties and homes to buy within parts of the South East.

Until 1990, we predominantly worked in the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council area but during the 1990’s we expanded both in size and geographically. Estuary now works in all 14 local authorities in Essex, plus the London Boroughs of Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and also in the Suffolk Coastal region. We are one of the largest Essex based Housing Associations. This expansion has been achieved through the continued support of local authorities and the Homes and Communities Agency in providing Social Housing Grants for both rented and Shared Ownership projects.

In 1993, a small local special needs housing association merged with Estuary bringing with it 71 bed spaces for people with severe learning difficulties. Since 1993, Estuary has promoted and expanded its Supported Housing and Care services in Essex and the growth continues in this area of housing need. We are committed to ensuring that this expansion is managed effectively, is properly resourced and gives the best possible standards of service to our customers.

At present, we own and manage just over 4400 in total. We are always looking at ways to increase the number of homes we can offer to meet identified local needs and believe it is important to build communities, not just homes. Our main public access office remains at Centre Place, on the Woodgrange Drive Estate in Southend-on-Sea.

Our residents are at the heart of everything we do; their views are paramount in helping shape our future services. Our emphasis on creating neighbourhoods of the highest quality and sustainability is summed up in our company’s statement of purpose:

“We are committed to the provision of good-quality housing, care and support services to meet local needs and to contribute to the development of sustainable communities”