About Us

We're a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home.

We're a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose and a commitment to investing in people, place and property.

We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant.

We're also playing our part in addressing the UK housing crisis locally, by building hundreds of new, modern and contemporary homes for rent in Sunderland - homes that meet the needs of local people.

Not only do we provide vital housing - we support our tenants, residents and communities by investing in services that help people live their best possible life.

This includes helping people into work, victims of domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour, young people to live independently, as well as a wellbeing service that supports our elderly tenants and residents.

We're a Sunderland centric organisation and realise we can't do everything on our own. We value partnerships and work alongside key city partners, such as Sunderland AFC, Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland College, to ensure a vibrant, dynamic and healthy Sunderland.

We've made a commitment to support the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and are proud to hold the gold 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.