George Green’s Almshouses – housing for women in Poplar, Tower Hamlets George Green was a shipbuilder and philanthropist working in Poplar, Tower Hamlets.
In 1842 he built almshouses in Upper North Street, Poplar for local women with limited means.
These flats remained in use from his death in 1849 until 2008 when the old almshouses were sold. Eight new self-contained flats, named Sarah Perry House, after George’s wife, were built with the sale proceeds together with grant from the Greater London Authority in 2015. In 2018 we acquired three more flats with a grant from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. All eleven properties are let to single women on low incomes and are managed for us by Providence Row Housing Association.
The next phase of the work of the trustees is to complete the incorporation of the charity and to ensure the management arrangements are providing high levels of service and offer good value for money.
Getting to know us
They have an annual turnover, largely representing the income from the flats, of around £90,000. Our borrowings are from the Charity Bank and they have investments with M&G.
George Green’s Almshouses is a registered charity and is registered with the Regulator of Social Housing. They are also a member of the National Almshouse Association.
Board of Trustees
Their trustees have a wide range of skills and experience relevant to governing a charity. They are now looking for new trustees with complementary skills. They have identified that they need people with appropriate expertise and experience in finance and also people with an understanding of the needs of vulnerable women. If you also have a local connection then that would be particularly helpful.
Trustees meet four or five times a year, usually on a Friday at 1:00pm in Poplar. The charity has a secretary but no staff. They ask trustees to become involved by taking a more in-depth role in an area aligned with their interests or expertise.
Please do get in touch if you’d like to find out more. Please apply by sending a covering letter explaining why you would like to be a trustee and a short CV.