About Us

Gentoo Group manages over 28,000 social housing properties in Sunderland.

Its commercial arm, Gentoo Homes, is a profit for purpose business that builds around 200 homes per year for sale, which helps to generate subsidy to support the delivery of more affordable rented homes across the city. 

We believe that by putting people first we can build great homes and create strong communities.

We are focused on delivering an outstanding service to our customers and as a responsible business we pride ourselves on inspiring people to make a difference.

We collaborate with key partners and other housing associations to influence things that affect our colleagues, customers and society.

We are one of the largest employers in Sunderland and landlords in the North East.

We have made a commitment to support the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and are proud to hold the silver award as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme. The Covenant is part of our promise to treat those who serve or have served and their families fairly. You can read more about the scheme here.

What makes us special?

Gentoo’s uniqueness and strength come from the dedication, skill, and energy of our staff; they live our values daily and work to deliver Gentoo’s vision. We are proud to have been awarded IIP Gold status in recognition for our commitment to our people.


  • Great homes- Strong communities - Inspired people


  • Do the right thing
  • Make a difference
  • Work together
  • Keep learning
  • Give all you’ve got

Sunderland City Plan

Gentoo is contributing to Sunderland City Council's City Plan to make the city a more dynamic, vibrant and healthy place to live and work. 

Our Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wilson, is chairing the More Homes strand of the City Plan, which will bring empty homes back into use every year to increase the stock of affordable rented housing in Sunderland. 

We're also delivering a huge range of projects and services to support the City Plan's agenda. Here's an overview of our work: