Gentoo is a North East-based housing association that owns and manages more than 28,000 homes, making us one of the largest landlords in the North East.
Gentoo was formed in 2001 as Sunderland Housing Group following a Large Scale
Voluntary Stock Transfer (LSVT) from Sunderland City Council. More than 36,000 homes were transferred from the ownership of the local council and Sunderland Housing Group was formed.
In 2007 Sunderland Housing Group rebranded as Gentoo – as the organisation moved into its second generation. Since then we have invested more than £1 billion in Sunderland. This includes modernising our homes and regenerating key areas of the city of Sunderland, building more than 1400 new homes across the city and delivering services to help improve our customers’ quality of life. This is something we’re really proud of and we will continue to strive to make Sunderland a better place to live and work.
This year we completed the conversion to a charitable community benefit society which is reflective of the Group’s strategic focus in terms of fulfilling our charitable objectives within a more efficient operating model.
We recently reviewed the Group’s business strategy and have refocused on our core housing business. We continue to be the largest housing association in Sunderland and continue to build new homes for sale and for rent across the whole of the North East, with a development programme of around 300 new homes per year.
We continue to be a responsible business because we believe it is right thing to do and continue to be active members of Business in the Community.
We’re also an active member of the National Housing Federation and recently helped to produce the video below, which you will find useful in understanding the role we play as a housing association.