A bit of history

Making history

We were founded in 1947 as a result of the post World War housing shortage. In those days women had very few housing rights and needed help and support through these difficult times. Miss Jane Cunningham, the daughter of a local minister, bought a flat in Rutland Square and let out part of her own apartment to give homeless women a safe place to sleep. It proved so successful that a committee was formed to help manage her growing range of properties.

The first committee was formed of eight like-minded women and was called the Viewpoint Housing Society. As its original tenants aged, the need for a variety of housing schemes designed to meet the requirements of older people became more and more apparent. Viewpoint soon began offering everything from sheltered housing to 24-hour care and introduced amenity and general needs housing for people below retirement age.