Octavia overview

Octavia provides thousands of people in London with good quality, affordable, well-planned and well-managed homes, alongside care and support services and community projects.

Watch our Good Homes, Better Lives video to find out about more about how our work improves people's lives.

Good Homes, Better Lives

Inspired by our founder, the social reformer Octavia Hill, we are a not-for-profit organisation that provides thousands of people with affordable homes in inner London. Like her, we believe that good homes make for better lives. 

We aim to build happier lives and resilient communities by focusing on people as individuals, providing them with a range of services and the opportunity to support themselves. We spend any surplus income – whether from our houses or our social enterprises – on investing in our homes and building for the future

As the city continues to change, so will we, always being open to new ideas, whilst remaining true to our fundamental purpose and values.

Octavia Housing

We have been managing homes for 150 years, which makes us one of the oldest housing associations in England. Octavia Housing currently manages around 5.000 properties, including some of the first homes that Octavia Hill acquired. We believe in the value of mixed communities and in giving people on low incomes the opportunity to stay living close to where they work or have longstanding social ties.

We provide a personal service to residents, responding to their individual needs and providing support to help people sustain their tenancies. We also involve residents in the running of our organisation, from Board meetings to checking and reporting on our quality standards.

Octavia Support

Through Octavia Support, we offer a wide range of care and support services to older and vulnerable adults living in west and central London but we specialise in providing care for those experiencing dementia or with complex needs.

We provide housing with different levels of care and support, floating support and outreach services, and day care and activity centres. Flexibility is a key part of all of our care and support services as our focus is on the individual - helping people to stay as active and independent as possible.

Octavia Living

Octavia Living develops desirable homes for private sale on the open market, as well as homes for sale on a part-buy, part-rent basis. Our aim is to create opportunities for people in different financial circumstances to get a foot on the property ladder.

Octavia Living is a not-for-profit development company, with all of the revenue made from property sales being reinvested into building more affordable housing, as well as Octavia’s care and support services and community work. The first project from Octavia Living was the innovative Greenhauses at Sulgrave Gardens – London’s first mixed tenure development built to the demanding Passivhaus low energy standards.

Octavia Foundation

The Octavia Foundation is a registered charity that works in west London to support local people who are experiencing social problems including unemployment, ill health, isolation and poverty. All of the Octavia Foundation’s projects are designed to involve local people and support the development of strong and vibrant communities.