Almshouses are affordable homes which belong to a charity and which are intended to provide accommodation for people who meet the charity's eligibility criteria. Residents are not tenants but instead pay a weekly maintenance contribution. Almshouses have existed for over 1,000 years. The Richmond Charities has been providing almshouse accommodation in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames for over 400 years. The charity owns and manages 140 almshouses spread over ten estates in Richmond and Twickenham. The largest estate has 50 almshouses and the smallest estate just four. Each almshouse estate is part of the large community of The Richmond Charities. Most of the almshouses have one bedroom but there are a small number of two-bedroom almshouses at Manning Place. All residents have Careline which provides peace of mind for residents and links directly to our Scheme Managers, one of whom is always on call, 24 hours a day. Most of our almshouse estates have communal laundry facilities for residents’ use.