About Us

Who We Are

Inquilab Housing Association provides social housing (that is housing for rent for people on low incomes), and housing related services  and home ownership products for a wide range of London residents living in multi-cultural communities. We also offer opportunities with other organisations for people in our communities to access training, employment programmes and other initiatives, many of which are open to people who are not Inquilab residents.

We own and manage nearly 1200 homes for rent and shared ownership across eight West London Boroughs and in Slough and Elmbridge.

Our diverse customer base is reflected by our equally diverse staff team and Board members, and we pride ourselves in working hard to ensure that we have services and programmes in place to meet diverse needs in our diverse communities.

Background & Culture

Inquilab past

In the mid 1980s, it was clear that the housing needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities were not being met by mainstream social housing providers.

With its concentration of Asian families, this was especially evident in Southall, part of the London Borough of Ealing, where community activists, including black people working in housing associations, local authorities and the NHS, came together to tackle the issue.

Inquilab’s founders committed themselves to challenge the way things were done and to seek positive change, achieving Housing Corporation registration in 1987.

Despite the Asian origins of our name, our object has been, and still is, to serve all sectors of the BME community, this includes emerging Eastern European, East African and Chinese communities in these areas.

Inquilab today

Since those early days, Inquilab has grown and matured. Today, our 1200 properties include:

  • General needs- housing that doesn’t need special adaptation;
  • Supported housing -  housing for people with special needs including elders; and
  • Shared ownership homes – part rent/part mortgaged to help people on to the first rung of the property ladder as they tranisition from rental to owning their own home.

We are also involved in providing:

  • Support services,  where we offer advice around money and health and wellbeing
  • Training and employment opportunities – where we work with other organisations to offer programmes to help people back into work.  We directly offer a number of apprenticeships and short term Internships
    to the communities where we operate.

We are proud that our services meet the needs of the particular groups we house and support. For example, we have pioneered new work on domestic violence within BME communities and set up an Asian Women’s Refuge.

Although relatively small, we are financially strong and we use this strength as a base for developing  new homes and   delivering additional services.

Inquilab is now one of the largest community based associations working with BME communities in the country. We aim to thrive by continuing to meet the needs and aspirations of our customers, maintaining high standards of governance and management, focusing relentlessly on performance.

Understanding our customers and meeting their needs

Inquilab’s continued success will depend on how well we engage with our residents, customers, local communities and the institutions with whom we work. Discovering more about them and encouraging their involvement is the key to our future.