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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

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Who we are

CIH: The home of housing for 100 years

Formed in 1916, for 100 years CIH has devoted its work to one simple purpose: to ensure everyone has a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community.

As the professional body for housing, our work is rooted in three main objectives - to support the housing sector to learn, improve and influence. The activities we carry out centre around providing individuals and organisations with opportunities to develop their knowledge, driving up standards and skills within the housing sector, and championing housing with decision-makers and the media to shape the future of our industry.

We are also a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation, with education at the core of our charitable status. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support housing work - in 2014 we reinvested £11 million into the sector.

Our diverse and growing membership includes professionals of all levels, who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world.

About us »

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Our goal is simple – we want to transform lives. 

We want everyone to have a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community.

We  believe that our contribution as housing professionals is vital to making communities great places to live.

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Who's who »

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The whole CIH team knows that their job is about helping you to do your job brilliantly.

Our Governing Board works with the Executive team to set the strategic direction of our business.

Our Presidential team are ambassadors for housing.


How we are run »

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The work we do is governed by our Royal Charter and Byelaws, granted in 1984, which sets out the activities we can undertake as an organisation. It describes our goals to "promote the science and art of housing, its standards and ideals, and the training and education of those engaged in the profession of housing practice".

We are governed by our Governing Board made up of 12 trustees.


Welcome to CIH

We are the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards.

Download our company brochure