Bedford Citizens' Housing Association (BCHA) was formed in 1957 for the purpose of "housing elderly people of limited means". The first house was opened in 1958 and further houses opened at approximately one per year until 1964.
In 1963, it became evident that a number of tenants needed more care and arrangements were made to build a residential home to be called Bedford Charter House to house 48 people.
In 1986 the Association took over Maydenbury Housing Association Limited acquiring eight further houses and a new purpose built Sheltered Housing scheme.
BCHA completed a £12 million re-development of the Kimbolton Road site in January 2017 including the new Bedford Charter House, which was completed in 2015 and Oak Way House.
OUR SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Marie joined BCHA in 2017 following a long and interesting career at BPHA as Head of Supported & Retirement Housing.
Head of Finance & IT
Gillian joined BCHA in 2014. She trained in audit and qualified as an Accountant whilst working at Mazars & Deloitte.
Head of Care Services
James joined BCHA in 2015 with a wealth of knowledge of the care sector.
Business Support Manager
Gareth joined SMT in 2018 with previous experience in Housing & Local Government. CIPD qualified Gareth is responsible for all BCHA's HR & other projects.
BCHA is run by a voluntary, non executive board consisting of local people skilled and experienced in the running of voluntary organisations and the housing and care of elderly people. The Board are supported by BCHA's Senior Management Team who have a wide range of experience and backgrounds in housing and care.