About Us



Inspired by the second UN World Habitat Conference in 1996, the erstwhile Van der Leij Foundation, now Intervolve, initiated a training programme at Haven Hills South for the underprivileged in the townships of East London, South Africa, called the “High Return Housing Project”.

With the support of the erstwhile “Woningbouwvereniging Eigen Haard”, Own Haven Housing Association was established to own and manage the rental stock of the development, consisting of 318 two- and three-storey walk-ups.

East London Own Haven Housing Association, trading as Own Haven Housing Association (OHHA) was registered as a Section 21 company in January 2001 and began trading mid-2002.

OHHA Housing Association was set up to provide affordable, quality rental housing and has adopted as its VISION:

To be recognised as the company that delivers sustainable communities through high quality affordable rental housing.

With its SLOGAN:

Providing sought-after, well managed rental homes.

To realise this vision, OHHA adopted the following MISSION statement:

OHHA Housing Association is committed to being the leading provider of new and refurbished rental homes, through achieving:

• Affordable good quality rental housing products located in decent living environments.
• Viable locations for development with links to public facilities and economic opportunities.
• A rapport with tenants and attracting the right tenants.
• A growing, vibrant, efficient and viable company offering quality services.
• Recruiting appropriately skilled staff.

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