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"Metropolitan’s roots are in the 1950’s, when Lady Molly Huggins started the Metropolitan Coloured People’s Housing Association to provide good quality, affordable housing for immigrants from the West Indies. In 1963, we were formally established as a housing association...The new century saw a new approach to resident participation and scrutiny with the development of the National Residents Group, who work with staff and board members to develop policies.

"We also began a period of growth and mergers. In 2002, our care and support activities were amalgamated into a new organisation called StepForward and, in the Midlands, Nottingham’s Rushcliffe Homes joined the Partnership.

"By 2005, Granta Housing Society joined the newly re-branded Metropolitan Housing Partnership and we were selected to progress the housing element of the regeneration of Clapham Park in Lambeth, South London.

"In 2007, Walbrook Housing Group, MHT Midlands and Rushcliffe Homes joined together to form Spirita. Threshold Support was welcomed into MHP, joining StepForward and Refugee Housing Association to form a single care and support organisation called Metropolitan Support Trust.

"In April 2008, the north and south regions of Metropolitan Housing Trust came together to create MHT London.

"Metropolitan’s Migration Foundation was also formed in 2010, using a legacy from Refugee Housing Association and drawing on our understanding of the challenges facing migrant communities to support initiatives which enable migrants play an active role in improving conditions for themselves and the communities they live in.

"In 2011, we also entered a period of change to improve our services and provide our customers with value for money. As part of this we have begun reducing the number of companies within our structure and launched our new brand name of Metropolitan in April 2012." [1]


Accessed December 2014: [2]



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  1. Metropolitan History, organizational web page, accessed December 28, 2014.
  2. Metropolitan Board, organizational web page, accessed December 28, 2014.