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Croydon Councillor and Mayor of Croydon, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, joined an array of dignitary guests from Croydon and Sutton for the 50th anniversary celebration of CCHA, a local community housing provider.

The event was well attended, with over 60 people in attendance, including Gavin Barwell MP, Housing and Planning Minister, Minister for London and MP for Central Croydon, as well as staff and residents from nearby schemes.  The exceptional 50th anniversary event was hosted at the Braithwaite Hall in Croydon. The event was celebrated by an astounding performance by the Cardboard citizens, who delivered a theatrical performance of ‘Cathy’ a modern day re-staging ofCathy Come Home’ a powerful and thought provoking film about homelessness, originally aired in 1966.

One of CCHA’s longest standing residents said: “After starting my tenancy in 1979 and having been through many changes over the years, the CCHA values still stand. I do like where I live, so you must be doing something right!”

Gavin Barwell, MP and Minister for London said: “I have a particular attachment to organisations such as CCHA, who work hard to address the desperate housing need in Croydon where the Council is struggling to cope. The role that local housing associations play are absolutely critical”.

Established in 1967, half a century ago, founding members purchased CCHA’s first property for families in need. Responding to the housing needs within the communities it serves, CCHA’s humble beginnings saw a rise from 5 to over 1400 much needed, affordable homes across the boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Merton and Sutton.

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