People First Housing Association was formed in 1993 when a group of residents in Hulme, Manchester decided to take control of the future of their tenancies.
By April 1995 the association was managing its first properties and by January 1996 it had achieved registration with the Housing Corporation.
The association now owns and manages in the region of 300 properties of various sizes in Hulme and its tenants are encouraged to get actively involved in making decisions about the future of People First and their homes by becoming Board members or helping with policy reviews. People First also provides and manages temporary accommodation for households presenting as homeless in partnership with Vale Royal council.
People First also operates an established and well-respected Community Support Service operating across three local authorities, working with vulnerable people who have a range of needs.
1993: Spurred by the political changes inducing a new phase in Hulme’s history, a group of local residents decide to unite their efforts and form People First.
1995: People First opens an office in Hulme to manage its first properties. Kulbinder Kang (now Chief Executive) is appointed as its first and only employee.
1996: People First registers with the Housing Corporation and is recognised as a social landlord.
1997: The association buys its first 201 properties.
2002: People First diversifies its work with the creation of the Community Support Service in Manchester, supporting people with mental health issues. Later that year, our homelessness project launched in Tameside.
2003: People First starts supporting young people in Vale Royal and Asian women in Rochdale.
2005: People First pilots a service for Irish men with issues around alcohol misuse and/or homelessness in Manchester.
2006: People First celebrates its tenth year as a Registered Provider.
2006: People First starts providing and managing temporary accommodation in Vale Royal.
2007: People First starts supporting young people in Tameside. Later that year, the Dementia Support service is launched in Manchester
2009: People First launches befriending services in Rochdale and Tameside.
2010: People First moves to new offices at City Road East.
2012: People First launches volunteer service, helping support older people in Hulme and Moss Side.
2014: People First expands volunteering service through partnership with Southway Housing Trust
2015: People First starts offering management services to housing co-operatives.
2016: People First makes plans to move into the day nursery sector…