Almshouses have existed for over 1000 years enabling people in need to retain their independence and to live in their local community.

The aim of Almshouses is to provide needy people, mostly elderly, with a high standard of affordable housing in their community. The support and help they provide is just as important today, in the 21st century, as it was over 1000 years ago.

There are almost 1800 separate Almshouse Charities in the UK with 2,600 groups of Almshouses. Over 30,000 Almshouse dwellings provide accommodation for some 36,000 people. Each Almshouse Charity is independent and run by voluntary trustees.

The Almshouse Association provides encouragement, advice, guidance and information to its member charities and represents these charities with the Charity Commission, the Housing Corporation and other Government departments.  The Patron of The Almshouse Association is HRH The Prince of Wales.

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