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About the SFHA

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations exists to lead, represent and support its members - housing associations and co-operatives throughout Scotland.

The financial contribution and engagement of our members and commercial associates are central to the work of the SFHA. 

Our housing association and co-operative members are Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland, registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Our members provide and manage housing for social rent, for intermediate mid-market rent and for low cost home ownership.

We put our members at the heart of everything we do, working together to deliver our mission. We want to see a thriving housing sector continuing to provide sustainable and affordable homes throughout Scotland. 

Member contributions fund half of all our work whilst the other half is funded through a contribution from commercial activities such as events, sponsorship and advertising. 

What we do

We are the national representative body for Scotland's housing associations and co-operatives.

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We are the national representative body for Scotland's housing associations and co-operatives.

We want to see a thriving housing sector continuing to provide sustainable and affordable homes in Scotland. 

Our members strive to meet increasingly exacting requirements to develop, maintain and manage housing stock and services, even as various pressures face individuals and organisations. People who are on low incomes or who are vulnerable rely on the support of social landlords to enable them and their communities to be resilient.

Our work promotes and protects the interests of the sector by articulating members’ views, based on our dialogue with them. We also support members with the tools, information and guidance that they need to help them meet the needs of their current and prospective tenants.

We negotiate and influence government and decision-makers for our members, promoting their work and campaigning on their behalf to the widest possible audience. Through our lobbying and influencing work, we make the case for our housing associations to have the support they need in terms of funding, operations and flexibility to meet Scotland's housing needs. 


Our role lies in representing, promoting, influencing, and supporting our members. Four strategic themes inform our core work on policy, practice and public affairs and everything that supports that work to secure a sustainable legacy for the sector.

  • Meeting Need - making sure that allocations work to address need and that we invest in the housing and services needed by residents

  • Safeguarding Housing Quality - about the standards of the housing our members provide and maintain

  • Safeguarding Rental Income - making sure that the system of rent support works to ensure that associations can continue to provide the services tenants need

  • Sustainable Tenancies and Communities - making sure that the right arrangements are in place to fund and manage support to people in need

Five principles underpin everything that we do, whether relating to our public affairs work, commercial or corporate support services.

  • Valuing Members

  • Centre of Excellence

  • Effective Influencing

  • Financially Strong

  • Valuing People


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 2016-17 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.

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.