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Our heritage

In April, 2017 asra Housing Association and Leicester Housing Association – both part of asra Housing Group – amalgamated with Paragon Community Housing to create Paragon Asra Housing Limited.

Paragon Asra Housing, known as PA Housing, owns more than 23,000 homes in London, Surrey and the Midlands.

We are energised by the heritage of our founding organisations. We continue being a prominent provider of housing services and will be at the forefront of equality and diversity within the housing sector.

Paragon Community Housing was formed in 2007 by Elmbridge Housing Trust and Richmond-upon-Thames Churches Housing Trust. Working in commuter-belt areas with high property values in the South-East and West London, Paragon Community Housing’s development programme produced award-winning, good quality, well designed homes.

Paragon Community Housing has been dedicated to achieving high levels of customer satisfaction and was passionate about the work it has done to improve neighbourhoods.

Asra Housing Association began as a Black and Minority Ethnic housing provider in London in 1984, and its initial purpose was to provide homes and services for Asian older people. (asra is a Hindi word for shelter) asra Housing Association joined Leicester Housing Association to form asra Housing Group, which worked in urban areas in the Midlands, as well as in London.

With 14,000 homes, asra Housing Association was the largest Black and Minority Ethnic housing association in the UK.

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