Our History

Ekaya Housing Association was founded in 1987 bringing together the critical work of two Lambeth hostels in supporting young, single black women living in London.

Ekaya, is a not for profit organisation, incorporated on 2 June 1987, under the Industrial and Providential Societies Act 1965 and operates within the Housing and Social Care industry.


Ekaya Housing Association’s first Head Office, Bon Marche, Brixton 1987


Life for Ekaya began with a group of black professionals from the housing and social care sectors identifying a need for black, single teenage mothers to be supported and enabled to parent their children safely whilst learning critical life skills. Over 30 years Ekaya has moved from being a grant-aided organisation to an operating business with strong assets worth several millions of pounds.
Maggie Scarlett, Founder Member of Ekaya