This year, Gravesend Churches Housing Association (GCHA) marks six decades since its inception. Our journey, deeply rooted in Gravesend and extending to its surrounding areas, showcases a steady commitment to providing affordable housing solutions. Here, we take a moment to reflect on the milestones that have shaped our organisation.

The Origins

It all began in September 1964 when the Gravesend and District Council of Churches identified a pressing need for affordable rented housing in the area. This led to the establishment of GCHA, and by 1966, community efforts enabled the purchase of 14 London Road, Northfleet, converting it into our first nine flats. This initiative marked the first of many steps towards addressing housing needs in our community.


Expansion and Growth

The 1974 Housing Act provided GCHA with new opportunities to expand its reach. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, our portfolio had grown significantly, reaching over 200 homes, including the significant addition of Elizabeth Court. This period also saw our expansion into the Dartford borough, broadening our impact.

In the late 1980s, GCHA took a significant step by integrating 22 Maidstone Churches Housing Association units into our stock, further expanding our capacity to serve the community.


Recent Years and Looking Ahead

The 2000s brought new development projects, such as the joint initiative that resulted in 42 new affordable housing units across various locations. More recently, we’ve ventured into developing market rent units to support our core mission of providing affordable homes.

Our journey came full circle in 2017 with our return to 14 London Road, reaffirming our commitment to the community’s heart. The completion of new housing units in Meopham and plans for more in Gravesend highlight our ongoing efforts to meet the evolving housing needs.


Our Foundation and Future

Partnerships with local councils, Kent Housing Group, the g320 group of small housing associations, and the South East Consortium support our work. These collaborations are vital in addressing housing affordability and advocacy challenges.


Reflecting on Our Role

As we look back on the past 60 years, it’s clear that our journey is deeply intertwined with the lives of the individuals and families we serve. Our focus remains on fulfilling the community’s housing needs, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this essential aspect of well-being.

As we move forward, we’re committed to continuing our work, mindful of the trust and support of our community. We invite you to join us in this ongoing effort to ensure everyone can access affordable housing.

This milestone allows us to reflect, learn, and plan for the future. We welcome your stories, feedback, and participation as we strive to serve our community better. Together, we can keep working towards a future where affordable housing is accessible to all who need it.


Do you have a story of your time as a GCHA resident that you would like to share? We’re collecting stories to put on our social media channels and on our website, as we continue to celebrate our 60th anniversary. Please get in touch via and let us know your story!