About us

From 1982 to the present day – the homes we own

20/20 Housing Co-operative was established in 1982 as a housing co-operative by a group of single people in the Moseley and Balsall Heath areas of Birmingham.

Having registered with the Government funding and regulatory body the Housing Corporation, we developed our first home in 1986 – 16 Park Road, a Victorian house converted into four single person flats.  Next door – 18 Park Road – followed a year later and 3 flats in 9 Augusta Road in 1987.

Having bought three family homes, 20/20 decided to expand on its original purpose to build homes for single people, building twelve new family houses in Nursery Avenue and Homer Street in 1990, and fifteen one and two bedroomed flats at the end of Homer Street in 1991.  A further set of eight family homes were bought in 2002, bringing the total number of our homes to 49.  The mix of single people and families in 20/20’s homes has served us well for nearly forty years.

20/20 does not employ staff, but we have a management agreement with Bournville Village Trust (a values led charitable trust based in Bournville in Birmingham).

Bournville Village Trust provide us with a range of services including:

  • our repairs service
  • our rent arrears management service
  • our waiting list
  • our complaints service
  • other occasional general advice and support

Our finance and governance services are provided by Nic Bliss, an experienced co-op governance advisor.  Nic is a former member of 20/20.

Helima Zindani from 20/20 contributed to a Guardian article about housing co-ops in 2019 (available here).