Joint statement from Housing for Women and Women’s Pioneer Housing


After very careful consideration, the Boards of both Women’s Pioneer Housing and Housing for Women have decided that the full benefits of merger cannot be realised at this time and have therefore agreed not to progress their plans to merge and instead to focus on their own key priorities.

However, we will be continuing to work together to raise awareness of the importance of safe, secure, truly affordable housing for women. Denise Fowler and Zaiba Qureshi will continue as co-chairs of the Women’s Housing Forum.

Zaiba Qureshi, Chief Executive of Housing for Women, said: “Housing for Women’s priority is driving up service delivery for our customers together with the development of specialist services for women across London. We have an ambitious agenda on both fronts, and we are now looking forward to delivering our Business Plan.”

Denise Fowler, Chief Executive of Women’s Pioneer Housing said: “Women’s Pioneer’s priority is to deliver more high-quality homes and services for women in London, including our flagship development at Wood Lane. We look forward to celebrating our centenary in 2020 and continuing to fulfil the vision of our founders.”

Residents and staff remember Grenfell, two years on


We are remembering the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower two years ago along with their families and friends.

Staff of Women’s Pioneer Housing will be marking the day by being part of Green for Grenfell day. They will wear an item of green clothing and will make a donation to the Support 4 Grenfell Community Hub.

We offer our condolences for those who have lost loved ones and share the sense of sadness and grief that continues to be felt through our community.

Once again, we would like to reassure our residents who may have concerns of the importance which Women’s Pioneer places on fire safety.

All our homes have current fire and gas safety certificates and comply with all other safety standards.

We reviewed our safety procedures following the fire and we are committed to listening to our residents. If a resident has any questions or concerns that they wish to raise then contact an estate officer, phone or email WPH or alternatively use social media.

Joint Press Release


The respective Boards of Women’s Pioneer Housing and Housing for Women have agreed to explore a potential merger between the two organisations. We are the two largest women’s housing associations but we are acutely aware that the demand for homes and support services for women in London far exceeds what either organisation can provide alone.

It is felt that a merger could enable us to

  • Create greater financial and operational capacity to be able to deliver high quality homes and the services that make a big difference to women’s lives
  • Provide wider housing solutions and choices for women in London needing homes and support services now and in the future
  • Be a stronger voice for women’s housing in the sector, challenging others to do more to meet women’s housing needs

Both organisations will be working together with residents/service users and other stakeholders to explore whether a merger would enable us to provide a stronger housing offer and support services to women in London.

For further information, please contact [email protected]

For any press queries, please contact Chris Smith – [email protected] 

Notes to Editors

Both Women’s Pioneer Housing and Housing for women are specialist housing associations providing homes and services to women.


Women’s Pioneer Housing

  • Women’s Pioneer Housing is a registered social housing provider whose vision is to make a positive difference to women’s lives.
  • Women’s Pioneer Housing owns and manages around 1,000 homes for women in London including leasehold and sheltered housing
  • Women’s Pioneer prioritizes single women who are unable to access suitable long-term accommodation elsewhere, including women on low incomes, homeless women and women escaping domestic abuse or sexual violence.
  • Women’s Pioneer has an ambitious development programme, actively building many new homes for women.
  • For more information about Women’s Pioneer Housing , visit


Housing for Women

  • Housing for Women is a charity and housing provider with a mission to empower women and challenge inequality.
  • Housing for Women owns and manages around 900 homes for women and their families in London.
  • Housing for Women also provides specialist services both accommodation based and in the community including those that support women and children escaping domestic abuse, survivors of trafficking, women leaving prison and older women.
  • For more information about Housing for Women, visit


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