Providing homes
for people in need

We use social investment to create a more inclusive housing market that provides high quality, safe, secure and affordable homes so people can lead better lives.

Impact and performance

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The challenge

The UK’s housing market crisis is affecting people all over the country, with an inadequate supply of high quality, affordable homes leading to rising levels of homelessness, people living in unsuitable accommodation, people unable to access the support they need while home ownership is becoming increasingly unaffordable.

Social investment has great potential to change this and to contribute to a more inclusive housing market. Read more from Head of Origination at Big Society Capital, Anna Shiel, as she explains more about our focus, challenges and solutions to change the UK's housing system.


We believe social investment can contribute to a better housing market where more people, especially those that are vulnerable, are able to live in safe, secure and affordable homes that are suited to their needs. We seek to achieve this by connecting impact-led capital to housing-led business models that achieve better outcomes for people and communities.

We work with a broad range of partners to co-develop innovative investment solutions to address housing needs. This includes charities, social entrepreneurs, housing associations, developers, investors and public bodies etc. We apply our resources across a spectrum of social need in housing, from interventions that seek to deliver deep and long-lasting impact for vulnerable people; to opportunities that seek systemic change by changing practices of the current housing market for a broader group of people.

If you would like to explore how we can work together, please get in touch with a member of the team below.

Explore our current investment portfolio

Scaling temporary accommodation
Developing more affordable homes
Delivering social and affordable housing

You can explore all of our investments on our portfolio page.

Our insights

Get in touch

Head of Origination
Investment Director
Investment Director
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Investment Manager