About us


The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) is a registered housing association and care provider in York and north-east England. It is working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to inspire social change.

We were established more than 100 years ago by Joseph Rowntree to provide housing in communities. We work with JRF to understand the root causes of social problems. Our shared vision is of a prosperous, poverty-free UK. We work with our residents to help them make ends meet.

Our homes and communities

We manage around 2,500 homes, half of which are located in the village of New Earswick, York. The rest are spread across North East England, including York, Scarborough, Beverley, Leeds and Hartlepool.

We cater for a variety of needs. We have flats, houses and bungalows suitable for single people, couples, families with children and older people. This includes sheltered and retirement living schemes with extra care services. We act as landlord to residents renting our properties. We also invest in and support communities to enhance the lives of those living in them. For those who cannot afford to buy a home outright we offer shared ownership or affordable full ownership.

Our developments

Development and Asset Management manage the JRF/JRHT asset portfolio. They also manage the design and build of new schemes and developments. The new community of Derwenthorpe was created to provide much needed new housing in the city. It has attractive, affordable, eco-friendly family homes in a digitally inclusive, mixed-tenure community. Work has also started on the New Lodge Development in New Earswick. This will see the completion of 151 residential care and extra care suites. It will also create improved public space in the village.