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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

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Who we are

We are for everyone involved in housing

Our purpose is simple - we want to transform lives by giving everyone working in housing the advice, tools and knowledge they need to be brilliant, and we want everyone to have a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community. 

As the professional body for housing it is our job to help housing professionals - we only exist to help you and your organisation be fantastic. CIH  was formed in 1916 and for nearly 100 years our purpose and the passion that drives it has remained constant and true.

CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support housing work - last year we reinvested £11 million into the sector.

We are a membership organisation with a diverse and growing membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.

About us »

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Our goal is simple – we want to transform lives. 

We want everyone to have a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community.

We  believe that our contribution as housing professionals is vital to making communities great places to live.

How we are run »

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The work we do is governed by our Royal Charter and Byelaws.

We are governed by our Governing board made up of 11 trustees who took office in January 2012.

We are also a registered charity - with education at the core of our charity status.

Who's who »

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The whole CIH team knows that their job is about helping you to do your job brilliantly.

Our Governing Board works with the Executive team to set the strategic direction of our business.

Our Presidential team are ambassadors for housing.


CIH where you live »

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We have offices in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Coventry and 9 regional boards.

CIH Cymru

CIH Northern Ireland

CIH Scotland

CIH London

CIH regional committees - where you live