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Always committed to communities

Eastlight Community Homes is a newly formed 12,000 home social housing provider, striving to meet the housing need of our communities in Essex and Suffolk

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We are proud to be the largest Community Gateway Association in the country. This ensures our residents can choose to become shareholders and help make key decisions about their homes, services and communities.

Where did we come from?

Last year, Colchester-based Colne Housing invited larger housing associations to explore working together to further tackle the housing crisis in the East of England.

This led to the partnership with Braintree-based Greenfields Community Housing, and the co-creation of our new Community Gateway association: Eastlight Community Homes.

"This merger is a fantastic opportunity to do so much more for residents and future generations in need of affordable homes."

What does this mean for our residents and communities?

1,300 extra homes

in addition to the 2,500 currently planned over five years.

An extra £8 million

spent on residents’ existing homes.

Modern services

tailored to individual needs.

An extra £500,000

for community improvements, with residents helping to decide where this investment goes.

More opportunities

for residents to have their say and influence decision making.

Career opportunities

 for members of our communities, including apprenticeships and more opportunities for tradespeople.

"Our vision is to create a trailblazing organisation with empowered residents who have a real say and influence on both their services and our strategic direction."

Emma Palmer, Chief Executive of Eastlight Community Homes.

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Colne Housing was a 3,500-home social landlord who provided a range of new homes of all types of tenure to meet the needs of customers across Essex and Suffolk.

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Greenfields Community Housing was a Registered Provider that owned nearly 9,000 homes in Essex and South Suffolk.

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