The Tamil Community Housing Association, formerly the Tamil Refugee Housing Association, was formed in 1986 to address the housing and support needs of the Tamil refugee community in London.
The Association grew out of the Tamil Refugee Action Group and was established with the support and help from other community based refugee organisations, housing associations and several London local authorities. Since 2002 TCHA has been registered with the Tenants Services Authority (previously the Housing Corporation).
TCHA started out by borrowing empty properties from Haringey and Hackney. Twenty years later it still manages 40 short life properties, but also manages 220 permanent properties which are owned by various housing associations.
TCHA’s objective is to acquire ownership of permanent housing and hopes to be able to persuade some larger housing associations to transfer stock to themselves. .
The Association is managed by a voluntary Management Board, with day to day operations and administration carried out by a professional staff team.
TCHA provides a lifeline for many Tamils, particularly refugees, who often have difficulty accessing mainstream services.
Rental income is TCHA’s main source of income. They are currently working with Christian Action Housing who are able to access Temporary Social Housing Grant and renovate properties on behalf of TCHA.