The Association was formed in 1972 by Walter Moore MBE. In the 50 years since, it has expanded its services and locations.
Adullam Homes Housing Association was created in Birmingham in 1972 by Walter Moore MBE. He purchased a single property with his own money in response to God’s calling to work with homeless people. Walter had a successful decorating business but had experienced being homeless himself on return from the War.
From the simple beginnings of a single property, Adullam expanded into new geographical locations and developed new services over the years, often introducing innovative projects to offer tenants, residents and service users opportunities for housing, support, education and training.
Work has included:
- Early 1990s – Adullam was trailblazing and developed the first accommodation in the West Midlands for people living with HIV and AIDS
- 2011 – two services in Merseyside for women at risk of domestic abuse
- 2012 – completion of Rowans Court in Birmingham, a new development of self-contained flats
- Conversion of Beech House, Congleton from specialist school to 13 ensuite units.
Other developments during Adullam’s history have been providing 24-hour services for ex-offenders, introducing supported accommodation for those dealing with addiction, and have also seen significant and sustained opportunities to grow and develop work with young people leaving care or faced with homelessness for other reasons.
Partnership working has always been important to Adullam and that continues. Rowans Court is the result of working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. In Stoke-on-Trent since 2020 we’ve worked in partnership with Changes: Health and Wellbeing, Concrete, North Staffs Mind and Walk Ministries to provide Destination Home. 2022 has seen the start of development of work with gambling charity Gordon Moody.
Adullam is an exempt charity registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and registered with the Regulator of Social Housing as a Private Registered Provider. Adullam’s governing instrument is a set of rules based upon the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) 2015 model rules. The rules dovetail with the 2015 NHF Code of Governance, which the Association adopted on 27th April 2016; on this date the Association also adopted the NHF Code of Conduct.
Having served in the War, Walter and his brother found themselves in Birmingham and although Walter had secured a job, the night before his first payday the pair only had 10 pence between them. This was not enough to pay for the hostel in which they had been staying and they were refused admission. They ended up spending the night in the workhouse, where they were welcomed and treated in a friendly way.
Adullam’s first property was for men faced with being homeless. Today, we support men and women facing a range of issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, domestic abuse, previous imprisonment, and mental health issues. We also help young people faced with being homeless. While the range of people we help has broadened, they are the same as in the early days, in that they are vulnerable.
I have known a time when I was virtually destitute. … I am sure that many of the men with whom we deal, if only they had had a friendly word at the right time, lives could have been changed.
Walter Moore MBE