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We are joining forces

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We are delighted to confirm that Howard Cottage Housing Association and Welwyn Garden City Housing Association will join forces on 1st March 2020. The newly created organisation will be known as First Garden Cities Homes.  


The amalgamation is the next chapter in our 109-year history. It’s an exciting development that will enable us to help more people.


We’ll be introducing new branding that reflects our new name and we’ve provided a sneak preview of the First Garden Cities Homes logo, above. From the start of March you’ll start spotting our new visual identity at Pioneer House, in our communications and, later in the year,  on our vans.


And that’s really the only change that we’ll be introducing in March. You’ll still be able to contact us on the usual numbers and the opening hours for Pioneer House will remain unchanged. All our staff will automatically become employees of First Garden Cities Homes, so it’s very likely that after the amalgamation you’ll continue to see the same faces and talk to the same people as before.


You can access our 'FAQ' sheet  from the link below.  If you would like to receive another printed copy, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help.


Proposals to amalgamate FAQs for residents 

Proposals to amalgamate FAQs for sheltered residents 


If you have any questions or concerns about the amalgamation please email us ( or call our Resident Services Team on 01462 683307


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