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About the SFHA

SFHA is the voice and membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland.

Our ambition is that everyone has a good home in a successful community, with a range of high quality, affordable, safe and accessible homes that meet people’s changing needs and aspirations throughout their lives.

Housing associations and co-operatives are central to achieving this, going way beyond the bricks and mortar with social justice built in and delivering from generation to generation.

What we do

We are the voice and membership body for housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland.

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Describes our main aims identified within the SFHA Strategy for 2018/19 

  • We work with government and others to achieve the legislation, regulation and funding necessary for our members to be strong, resilient and independent social businesses housing Scotland.
  • We develop and deliver modern and innovative services to our members so that they can achieve their ambitions.
  • We represent housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland to broaden and strengthen the sector’s contribution to social justice and inclusive growth.

The SFHA Strategy for 2018/21 – Housing Scotland is available to view here:

Enable our members to deliver affordable, high quality homes and services in successful communities

In 2018/19 this means:

  • Investing in quality homes and service innovation
  • Promoting economic opportunities and investing in communities
  • Stepping up digital transformation
  • Designing new inclusive housing tenures
  • Making the case for housing post-2021





Promote the social and economic contribution of our members to people and places

In 2018/19 this means:

  • Tackling poverty and inequality
  • Working towards ending homelessness
  • Promoting affordability
  • Influencing welfare reform and social security
  • Integrating housing, health and social care





Ensure a strong, member-focused SFHA, providing value for money

In 2018/19 this means:

  • Promoting strong governance and best practice
  • Measuring impact and VfM
  • Building strategic alliances
  • Developing multi-platform communications
  • Growing the business offer

In all our activities, we follow five core values:

1. Value – we deliver cost-effective and innovative services and solutions

2. Co-operation – we work with members and others to achieve maximum impact

3. People – we put our members and their customers at the heart of what we do

4. Accountability – we encourage the influence and engagement of our members

5. Integrity – we are honest, respectful, open and ethical


How we measure our success

We define outcomes which are simple, measurable, proportionate and meaningful to drive our work and measure our value delivery.

Most important are the ways in which we have helped create more favourable legal, funding and operational frameworks for the work of our members. We also measure our success as a business, including financial and other member-related indicators.

The SFHA is a private company limited by guarantee, first registered in 1975. Though we are separate from other federations in the UK, we work closely with the National Housing Federation (England); Community Housing Cymru (Wales); and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA), as well as Housing Europe. 

Only housing associations which are registered associations under the Housing Act 2010 - that is, with the Scottish Housing Regulator - may be members of the SFHA.

Our members elect a Board of 12 non-executive Directors, and that Board governs the organisation on behalf of members. The Board is accountable to members for ensuring that the SFHA is fit for purpose, uses its resources effectively and maximises its reach and impact. The Board is governed by rules set out in the Articles of Association, most recently updated in 2015 and available to members.

Board Directors may be senior staff or governing body members of member associations and are elected from one of four constituencies. Each Director has a term of office of three years and can serve for a maximum of nine years. The Board meets not less than four times a year. 

The Board annually elects its office-bearers – Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk.

The Board employs a Chief Executive who is responsible for leading and managing staff of the organisation to deliver the strategy set by the Board. The CEO and Executive Team lead the day-to-day work of the organisation under the headings of Public Affairs, Business Development and Corporate Services. 

Our Board and staff recognise and value accountability to members for the manner in which we operate.

We publish each year a members’ brochure outlining plans for the year ahead, as well as a Corporate Annual Report and Annual Accounts and Auditors’ Report within six months of each year end through our AGM.

A summary of our accounts is filed at Companies House and is available to members.

The current auditors to the SFHA are Wylie and Bissett.

View the SFHA Annual Report 2019/20 below or click here to download a copy.

Below is a list of our sector partners with links to their websites:

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)

Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR)

Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF)




Scottish Government

National Housing Federation

Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA)

Community Housing Cymru

Joint Improvement Team (JIT)

Homes for Scotland

TPAS Scotland

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Housing Europe


Read more commonly asked questions about the SFHA.

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