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.

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