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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Who we are

The home of housing for more than 100 years

For more than 100 years CIH has been the home of professional standards for housing.

We passionately believe in our mission to support housing professionals to create a future in which everyone has a place to call home; equipping them with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to make a crucial difference every day.

All of our work, whether it’s giving a voice to housing professionals and lobbying the government to change housing policy, training housing professionals through our Housing Academy or bringing them together at our events up and down the country, is dedicated to that mission.

We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation which means that the money we make is put back into our work to support housing professionals. 

Our 16,000 members span the globe, from our bases in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to our branches in Canada and Hong Kong. Working with us gives you the chance to benefit from unparalleled expertise and knowledge and to be part of a collective effort stretching back well over a century.

We don’t do the work that we do because we should; we do it because we can and because we believe in the power of housing professionals to change lives.

If that’s a mission you can subscribe to we’d love you to work with us.

About us »

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Our goal is simple – we want to transform lives. 

We want everyone to have a decent, affordable home in a thriving, safe community.

We  believe that our contribution as housing professionals is vital to making communities great places to live.

Who's who »

Gavin Smart

Every member of the CIH team knows that their job is about helping you to do your job brilliantly.

Our governing board works with the executive team to set the strategic direction of our business.

Our presidential team are ambassadors for housing.


How we are run »

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The work we do is governed by our Royal Charter and Byelaws, granted in 1984, which sets out the activities we can undertake as an organisation. It describes our goals to "promote the science and art of housing, its standards and ideals, and the training and education of those engaged in the profession of housing practice".