Almshouse research and published material

It is important to The Almshouse Association to raise awareness of almshouses, to highlight the benefits of almshouse living and to demonstrate the vital role they play in the provision of genuinely affordable homes for people in housing need.

Below you will find a library of reports and articles that have have been published on almshouses and the almshouse movement in recent years. To access, please click on the respective links below:


Older People’s Care in Social Housing: A Manifesto for Change
– research sponsored by The Guinness Partnership, Housing 21
and Devonshires
click linkResearch
AltairJune 2022
Keeping Communities Together: How smaller social landlords and
community-led housing can provide affordable, secure, local accommodation
for communities in need
– Eleanor Benton, Ruby Russell and Anne Power
click linkCase
Housing &
The Almshouse Association Financial Benefits of Almshouses
Assessment Report
click linkResearchHousing LINNov 2021
What is affordable housing?
– written by Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton
click linkBriefing
House of CommonsApril 2021
Almshouses: a model of community housing for an ageing population
– written Jenny Pannell & Alison Pooley
click linkResearch RICSDec 2020
Coming Home – tackling the housing crisis together
– The Commission of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
click linkReportcommissioned by
The Church
of England
Feb 2021
A 21st Century eco-almshouse: St. John’s Almshouses, Lichfield
– compiled by Lorin Arnold, Associate, KKE Architects
click linkCase StudyHousing LINJan 2019
Almshouses for homeless people: Sir Thomas White Court, Worcester
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by
Frazer Bufton, Director at Lett + Sweetland Architects
click linkCase StudyHousing LINAug 2019
Transforming almshouses for the 21st century
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by
Jenny Pannell, independent consultant
click linkReportHousing LINJun 2013
Almshouses into the next millennium
– Paternalism, partnership, progress?
click linkReportJenny Pannell
Caroline Thomas


Supporting Farming Communities
– Two leading charities are seeking landowners interested in
the potential of an affordable housing project for farming communities
click linkmagazine
Country Land
and Business Assoc.
June 2022
Secrets of Essex almshouses
– Denise Marshall for Essex Life
online story link
Magazine link
Great British
29 Jun 2022
Almshouses: What they are, how they were created and why
they’re still relevant in the 21st century

– Clive Aslet for Country Life
online copy
magazine copy
magazine featureCountry Life13 Mar
Understanding almshouses
– featured in LCR magazine
click linknews item NALC2021
Expanding the provision of almshouses to improve
our future communities
– Nick Phillips CEO, The Almshouse Association
click linkblog
Nov 2021
Almshouses: The historic model, fit for the future
– Nick Phillips CEO, The Almshouse Association
click linkblogNational Housing
Nov 2021
Remember a Charity – Pass it on
– The Almshouse Association with Dan Cruickshank
click linkarticleDaily Telegraph10 Oct 21
HLIN Viewpoint 100 Almshouses for the 21st Century
– transformation in progress
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network
click linkViewpointHousing LINApr 2021
Answering the 21st century call to alms
– Laura Silverman for The Daily Telegraph
click linkarticleThe Daily
29 Feb 21
Britain is building almshouses at fastest rate since the Victorian era
– Milly Vincent for Mail online
click linknews itemMail online
Jan 2020
Return of almshouses for the vulnerable could help
solve Britain’s housing crisis
– Patrick Sawyer for The Telegraph
click linknews itemThe TelegraphJan 2020
Almshouses being built at fastest rate in decades
– Becky Johnson for Sky News
click linknews itemSky News3 Jan 20
The solution to ageing Britain’s housing crisis? Build almshouses
– Harriett Sherwood for The Guardian
click linknews itemThe Guardian27 Oct 19
Almshouse boom helps poor pensioners
– Tom Ball for The Times
click linknews itemThe Times14 Oct 19
Ageing well: a collection of innovative thinking
click linkCollectionThe Whiteley
for Ageing Well