Shian is a community based housing association, which was established in 1989 to cater for the general housing needs of ethnic minority people in Hackney and neighbouring areas. Shian's roots are a voluntary organisation called Harambee II which provided short term housing, youth training, a community drop in centre and welfare services for the local community as well as support for ex-offenders.
The word 'shian' means 'home' in the Ghanaian language Ga. It is this which Shian has strived to provide. Not just bricks and mortar but a home our clients can identify with. The Association provides culturally sensitive housing, designed to enrich the community and encourage harmony in our multi-ethnic society. The Association now works in the three boroughs of Hackney, Haringey and Islington.