In March 2022 we announced our plans to merge Optivo and Southern Housing Group to create Southern Housing. Over the following months we engaged with residents, colleagues and our external partners on the potential merger, which completed on 16 December 2022.

Having joined the two organisations together, we’ve a great opportunity to expand our positive impact. Both our legacy organisations come from similar roots, our founders were dedicated to helping families with a housing need.

As Southern Housing, we’re continuing that strong commitment to social purpose and putting residents at the heart of everything we do.

Read more in our Annual Review 2022-23.

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  • 16 February 2024

Technology: the engine of a merger

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  • 08 February 2024

Blog: Delivering effective resident governance

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  • 06 February 2024

Blog: A merging opinion -  they work best when residents are at their heart

  • 28 January 2024

Blog: Reflecting on the successes and challenges of the merger journey

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  • 26 January 2024

Blog: Hoping to achieve a balance in the relationship of equals

  • 23 January 2024

Blog: Delivering an effective ASB handling service

  • 16 January 2024

Blog: Improving our data input

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  • 09 January 2024
  • Resident Involvement

Blog: The Resident Scrutiny Panel – our year one journey

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  • 09 January 2024

Blog: Listening to and acting upon residents’ feedback to shape our care services

  • 21 December 2023

Blog: Repairing trust

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  • 18 December 2023
  • Sustainability

Our new Environmental Sustainability Strategy

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  • 18 December 2023

Blog: The first 12 months of a merger

Featured in the photo (from left to right): Bunmi Atta (Director of Construction at Southern Housing), Mike Link (Chair of the ABE CLT), Cllr Michael Warden (Chair of Aldingbourne Parish Council) and Steve Underwood (Development Manager at Southern Housing).
  • 25 October 2023

New homes delivered at Wings Wood development in Chichester

  • 19 September 2023
  • New developments

Final brick laid at New Kent Road development

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  • 15 September 2023
  • New developments

Milestone at our Southwark development

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  • 18 July 2023
  • Sustainability

Topping out at The Green Quarter

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  • 11 July 2023
  • Sustainability

Topping out at new low carbon housing project