We are Eastlight

Together with our communities, creating affordable homes and great neighbourhoods. People who work at Eastlight put residents first. They are committed to communities and doing the right thing to make a positive difference.

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    What we do

    Eastlight Community Homes is a vibrant, resident-led housing association for the East of England. 

    Together with our residents and communities, we create safe, affordable homes and neighbourhoods that people are proud to live in.

    We own and look after 12,500 social homes in the East of England and plan to build another 3,800 by 2025. 

    People who live in our homes pay rents and charges that are less than the market rate. We reinvest every £1 and use our strong finances to fund new homes, improve services and communities.


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    How we do it

    Our trailblazing approach means we work side by side with our residents. We listen to what matters to people and use this feedback to influence services. 

    We embrace partnerships which benefit our communities and create solutions to shared strategic challenges.

    We are passionate about local people having the power to drive change. Our trailblazing empowerment programme All In and Community Academy enable people to have the skills and confidence they need to make improvements and solve the big issues that matter to them.


Our Values

We are ambitious for ourselves, our customers, and communities.

Our work is shaped by what matters to these groups.

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By being inclusive we are collaborative, responsive and fair.

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Being accountable is really important to our people and to our customers.

We deliver on our commitments, take responsibility for our actions and challenge negative behaviour.

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    How do we get there?

    Our Corporate Strategy outlines how we plan to achieve our goals and inspire our communities to shine.

    It includes details about our strategic goals, measure of success and our key guiding lights as we aim to improve and grow.

    You can read the full strategy below.

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Resident-led, real influence

Residents set the direction and hold us to account.

They set and scrutinise customer standards and work alongside us to drive continuous improvement

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Empowered communities, driving change

We help people from every walk of life to build better communities from the grass roots up.

Our trailblazing approach has community leadership, capability, and innovation at its heart.

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More homes, fit for the future

Improving our current homes is just as important as investing in new ones.

We think differently to ensure they will meet the needs of future generations.

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Modern services, more choice

Simple to use, delivered efficiently, and valued by customers.

We will provide more choice, in the services we provide and how and when customers can access them.

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Strong foundations

Our financial strength, funding arrangements, robust infrastructure, talented people and culture of inclusivity make us fit for the future.

Our History

Eastlight Community Homes Limited was formed on 1 July 2020 following the merger of two Essex-based affordable homes providers.

Colne Housing and Greenfields Community Housing joined so they could be ‘stronger together’.  

Their vision was for a bigger, better, bolder partnership approach to help solve the long term housing challenges and unlock potential for residents and communities in the East. 

Eastlight became the largest Community Gateway association in the UK, with an ambition to have a trailblazing resident engagement and empowerment offer at its heart.

The organisation's new name was endorsed by residents.