About Us

About Karin Housing Association

Karin Housing Association was initially established in 1988 as the Karin housing Co-op. Its founder members were a group of black women who wanted to address the housing and social needs of the Somali community and others in London. Karin is an exempt charity registered (X33775) with the Financial Service Authority under the Industrial and Providence Society Act 1965 No (26815). Karin is affiliated to the National Housing Federation and Federation of black Housing Organization.

Karin Housing Association was established in London in 1988 as housing co-operative. Its main objectives were to create a fairer housing opportunities for all by advocating and providing decent and affordable accommodations and bespoke services mainly to black, Asian and minority ethic (BAME) communities particularly for Somali community in East & North London on a non-profit-making basis. Karin Housing Association was converted to I&P status in 2013 it registered with the Homes and Communities Agency (‘HCA’) under registration number L4770 and is now a charitable Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

Karin provides a range of quality houses, flats and maisonettes types of accommodation in six North East London Boroughs mainly in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In addition, the vast majority of Karin properties are managed for other Housing Associations. Most of these properties are newly built, and meet current modern living standards.

Karin believes the community should be fully involved in the work of Karin, whilst working in partnership with other organisations and being accountable to its tenants, service users, financial supporters and Management Board. We also believe that having a secure home is acknowledged as the key to effective settlement and integration of a new community.

Karin has developed principles of good governance that focus on the organisations purpose, and on outcomes for the citizen and service user. We want all stakeholders to feel empowered, enthusiastic and passionate about the services we deliver. These include: Performing effective and clear defined functions and roles, Promoting values for the whole organisation whilst demonstrating good governance through behaviour.

Developing the capacity and capability of our governing body to being effective. Taking informed and transparent decisions whilst effectively managing risk.

Karin has developed principles of good governance that focus on the organisations purpose, and on outcomes for the citizen and service user. We want all stakeholders to feel empowered, enthusiastic and passionate about the services we deliver. These include: Performing effective and clear defined functions and roles

Promoting values for the whole organisation whilst demonstrating good governance through behaviour.