Masonic Housing Association was founded in 1975 and specialises in the provision of sheltered housing for older people. It is registered as a Charitable Housing Association under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (registration number 21444R) and also with the Homes & Communities Agency (registration number L0673).
Masonic Housing Association does not restrict occupancy only to those qualified through Freemasonry; half of the tenancy allocations are to nominees of the Local Authority in which the scheme is located. Freemasonry is demonstrably reaching out into the community to provide benefits to those who have no connection with Freemasonry.
The day-to-day management of our 5 sheltered housing schemes rests with voluntary House Committees with members appointed by the Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province in which each scheme is located. These Committees provide support to the Scheme Managers, maintain a waiting list for accommodation, and are responsible for operational budgets. They also keep in contact with our tenants through regular meetings and social events.
These Committees rely upon volunteer support from local Masons, their families and friends. Strong support is given by local Masonic Lodges, which have been extremely generous providing additional amenities and social activities for the tenants. This adds enormously to the comfort of all tenants.
Grant alone is insufficient to build our affordable homes. Donations and financial support have been received from both the Masonic Provinces and individual Masons. Financial Support has also been received from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
Our voluntary Board of Management, mainly made up of Freemasons, maintains ultimate control. It meets quarterly and receives regular reports from the Finance & General Purposes Committee which is responsible for monitoring the Management Accounts and Budget. The 5 Local House Committee Chairmen are members of the Board of Management and also have a representative on the Finance & General Purposes Committee.
Since 2006 the Association’s administrative work, including the issuing of Tenancy Agreements, provision of Management Accounts, handling invoicing and salary payments, and the provision of Company Secretary services to the Board of Management were placed under contract with Eldon Housing Association which is based in the London Borough of Croydon and also specialises in the provision of sheltered housing for older people.
Our aim is to ensure that our tenants both now and in the future live in safe, affordable, fit for purpose accommodation.