Apex Housing Association (Apex) was originally established in 1965 as Derry Housing Association to tackle the serious housing shortage which existed within the city. Housing conditions were generally poor with severe overcrowding.
Solutions to the problem were sought by members of the most affected communities under the guidance of local clergyman Rev. Mulvey. Their first step to address the housing shortage was to form a housing association (Derry Housing Association) and to raise capital to initiate housing projects by fundraising from within the local business community.
Providing housing and promoting home ownership
Early projects were aimed at providing housing and promoting home ownership through acting as guarantor for home purchase loans, overseeing a compulsory savings scheme to accumulate mortgage deposits and by building houses for sale to sitting tenants.
In 1977, the Association registered with the Department of the Environment which, for the first time, allowed it access to capital grant assistance for approved housing projects under the terms of the Housing (NI) Order 1976.
North & West Housing Association
In 1993, the Association was renamed North & West Housing Association due to its expanding geographical base and changing responsibilities.
Apex Housing Association
In June 2010, the Association was renamed Apex Housing Association to reflect its geographical base throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Today Apex continues to meet housing needs through the provision of purpose built accommodation designed to meet the specific requirements of the occupants.
The Association now operates alongside its ‘sister’ company, Apex Housing (Ireland) Ltd. which provides social housing within the Republic of Ireland.