Our history

Origin Housing Ltd came into existence on 1st April 2010, following the rationalisation of the Origin Group, to improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

Origin Group was created  in 2004 when  SPH Housing and Griffin Homes came together  under the umbrella of Origin Housing Group, the parent company. The name Origin was chosen because it reflects the organisation’s diverse origins in Griffin Homes, St Pancras Housing Association,  the Humanist Housing Association and a number of smaller entities who have joined over the years. St.Pancras Housing association joined with Humanist Housing Association in 1999 to form SPH Housing.

St.Pancras Housing Association  was formed in the 1920’s. It  began in the slums around St Pancras and Euston railway stations, and was created to clear ramshackle housing and build good quality homes for local people.

 The fundraising skills of Father Basil Jellicoe and the commitment of Irene Barclay did a great deal to drive the rebuilding process, inspired by the organisation’s first vision statement: “housing is not enough”. That original philosophy is still at the heart of the organisation today.

Humanist Housing Association was formed in  the 1930’s specifically to provide housing and support for people who could not gain access to charitable housing traditionally provided by the churches because they did not follow the religion. The Humanist Society was responsible for setting up the organisation. It continued to grow providing housing across London and the Home counties until it merged with St.Pancras Housing Association in 1999. It is responsible for the expertise and commitment the organisation has to providing housing support.

You can read our Humanist History here.

Griffin Homes was created in 1974 originally to provide homes for London Transport staff. It continued its tradition of providing housing for keyworkers for rent and more recently branched into providing low cost home ownership.. The current expertise of this intermediate market comes from the work of Griffin Homes.

For more information, visit Camden Local Studies & Archive Centre in Camden Library, 32-38 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8PA. Alternatively you can telephone them on 020 7974 3569.

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Origin Housing Limited is registered in England & Wales as an exempt charity under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 (Registered No. 10008R) and with the Homes & Communities Agency (Registered No. L0871). Registered office: St Richard’s House, 110 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BS.

Origin Housing 2 Limited is registered in England & Wales as an exempt charity under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act 1965 (Registered No. 31985R) and with the Homes & Communities Agency (Registered No. 4766). Registered office: St Richard’s House, 110 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BS.