Welcome to the Harrow Churches Housing Association

HCHA is a small and growing housing association serving vulnerable people in the London boroughs of Harrow, Hounslow and Hillingdon. We provide affordable housing and support that gives people a better quality of life.

We were set up in 1964 by active members of the local church community concerned about the living conditions of elderly people renting privately in Harrow. The spirit of helping those less fortunate than ourselves, regardless of their race, religion or background, continues to motivate our staff and the board of volunteers who govern us and oversee our standards. We are proud to serve such a diverse corner of north west London.

Over the past 50 years our housing services have grown to include clients who may be: elderly, young, have a physical disability, or be living with a long term illness. All of our residents are vulnerable people who, with a little support can lead independent and fulfilling lives.

  • Welcome to our new Rent-to-Buy tenants in Bicester!

    News in brief:

    New tenants met the Mayor of Cherwell who officially inaugurated the ten Rent-to-buy 2 bed apartments in Stratton Park, Bicester on Monday 22nd May.

    Below is the news interview that featured on BBC Radio Oxford, click to play clip:

    More details and images to follow shortly.

  • Joyce Hixon celebrates her 100th birthday!

    Ewart House extra care scheme was decked out in pink decorations- the favourite colour of resident Joyce Hixon who celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and staff. Pictured: Joyce with Rev King and some of her carers and her friend from Monserrat, Franklin Margetson. The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, blessed the day with…

  • Edward Erdwin receives HCHA Community Star Award

    In March, Gillian House resident, Edward Erdwin, who is known to everyone as Ted, was presented with the HCHA Community Star Award. Chipo Chapesshamano, Intensive Housing Coordinator said, ‘Ted is just fantastically community spirited! He looks out for everyone at Gillian House, and he’s more like our sheltered scheme security man – he goes round…

  • Active Minds

    A wellbeing initiative for older residents The Active Minds project is funded by Harrow Council’s Adult and Community Learning, it forms part of government research into health and wellbeing. Over the past 12 weeks the project has been delivered by facilitators to HCHA’s older tenants living at St Barnabas Court, Gillian House, and Paxfold sheltered schemes,…

  • Christmas treats!

    The holiday season can be a lonely and difficult time of year, particularly for young people living in HCHA’s Young Persons’ Service. The service which caters for vulnerable people aged between 18 and 24 years old, provides accommodation in shared homes along with trained support staff to help them get back on their feet.  Most…

  • Rentplus & HCHA to deliver Oxfordshire’s first rent-to-buy scheme

    Rentplus & Harrow Churches Housing Association partner to deliver Oxfordshire’s first rent-to-buy scheme On Wednesday, 14th December, Rentplus, an innovative business providing rent-to-buy homes, and Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) announced a new partnership to deliver new rent-to-buy homes at Mulberry Developments Stratton Park scheme in Bicester. Located in Cherwell District Council, the local authority is…

  • Lord Best urges the building of more homes for older people

    Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) distinguished guest speaker Lord Richard Best Paxfold sheltered scheme for older people in to celebrate the first anniversary of the scheme’s redevelopment. Chris Holley, CEO of HCHA, welcomed guests including tenants, Board members, partners at Harrow Council, local churches and a host of stakeholders working across the social housing sector. Lord Best who is a member of the…

  • Gillian House gets a makeover

    The communal lounge, niches and corridors at Gillian House all got a lick of paint, new flooring, curtains, lighting and bespoke furniture and artwork. Interior designer Angela Wright explained, ‘Our brief was to give a fresh updated feel to the sheltered scheme and I think we achieved that through consultation with the tenants of their preferences.’ The refurbishment cost just…

  • HCHA Community Star Award for Peggy Waters

    HCHA Board member Philip Dean along with Tracey Baldwin (Finance Manager) made a surprise appearance at Peggy Waters 90th birthday party to present her with our first ever HCHA Community Star Award. Philip said, ‘Peggy truly deserves this award, it is given with our heartfelt appreciation of her tremendous contribution to life at Wolstenholme sheltered scheme in Stanmore.’ Linda Jackson, Intensive Housing Coordinator at Wolstenholme, said, ‘Peggy Waters…

  • At home with Carol & Doreen

    Carol and her daughter, Doreen Sheffield, moved into one of the adapted flats at Paxfold last year. The pair have settled into their new home which was specially designed to suit their needs. The apartment’s adapted features include a kitchen with lower work tops, wall sockets and kitchen appliances. The apartment’s front door and windows have easy to…

  • Paxfold sheltered scheme participates in Open House London

    On Saturday 17th September 2016, as part of the Open House London weekend, Paxfold sheltered scheme in Stanmore opened its doors to the public to show architectural design at its best in sheltered housing. There were architect and staff led guided tours in small groups between 9.30am and 4pm. The low energy sheltered and affordable housing…

  • Remembering Ellen Hagger

    The family of popular Paxfold resident Ellen Hagger, who passed away last year, visited the scheme to gift a beautiful wooden bench in her memory. Ellen’s four nieces pictured above sitting on the bench, along with their partners visited Paxfold to have tea with Ellen’s friends and neighbours. Ellen’s niece, Sue St Romaine said ‘It…