Hightown Housing Association has celebrated 55 years of building affordable homes and providing support to people across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire with a short video documenting its history.
The video explains how Hightown was first created in response to ‘Cathy Come Home’, a 1966 BBC television drama documentary about a young family’s descent into homelessness and poverty.
The association began in 1967 with a £50 loan and £9 capital – with each committee member donating a £1 share.
It also features images of the first development completed in 1974, comprising of 72 flats: The Cornfields, in Hemel Hempstead.
Hightown says it now assists 16,000 residents and will soon be completing its 8,000th home.
It also runs 93 care and supported housing services for 770 people caring for a range of needs, from people with physical and learning disabilities to helping people facing homelessness.
From a handful of employees, Hightown says it now has over 1,000.
Nick Brentnall, Communications manager at Hightown, said: “Take a look back in time at where it all started and fast forward to the present day to celebrate some of the fantastic achievements reached in our mission to build more affordable homes and provide support for people.”
Watch the video:
Image credit: Hightown Housing
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