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We’re a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home. We’re a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose and a commitment to investing in people, place and property.

We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant. We’re also playing our part in addressing the UK housing crisis locally, by building hundreds of new, modern and contemporary homes for rent in Sunderland – homes that meet the needs of local people. Not only do we provide vital housing – we support our tenants, residents and communities by investing in services that help people live their best possible life.

This includes helping people into work, victims of domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour, young people to live independently, as well as a wellbeing service that supports our elderly tenants and residents. We’re a Sunderland centric organisation and realise we can’t do everything on our own.

We value partnerships and work alongside key city partners, such as Sunderland AFC, Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland College, to ensure a vibrant, dynamic and healthy Sunderland.

Gentoo is a member of the Housing Employment Network North East (HENNE) which is a partnership of 12 North East social housing providers who through collaboration and the development of practical solutions, aims to support our residents and tenants to overcome barriers to employment, develop skills and experience, and provide employment opportunities. To find out more about HENNE visit Housing Employment Network North East (HENNE)

Annual Report 2022

Nigel Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo Group

Gentoo Group is proud to join Communities that Work and collaborate with other providers who share our vision, social purpose and commitment to investing in the people and places we serve. Gentoo Group provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home and invests in services that help people live their best possible life. We value partnerships and work alongside key partners within our own community, and bring this same approach to partnership working with Communities that Work with the aim of helping people into work and progressing in their careers.