MacIntyre Housing Association (MHA) was founded by MacIntyre Care to support the growth of the charity and provide specialist housing support. MHA was registered with the Housing Corporation in 1994 and after successfully becoming an expert in the support of housing options for people with learning disabilities, MHA joined Aragon Housing Association in 2000.
In April 1993, MHA held a significant conference with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects at their London headquarters. The aim of the conference was to share good practice in the design of environments for people with a complex range of needs. Topics covered included creating supportive and healing environments, designing facilities for people with severe challenging behaviour and multiple disabilities and the achievement of designs and layouts that could meet both social and physical needs. The conference was timely, given the recent implementation of the NHS and Community Care Act and the increasing public interest in approaches to meeting the needs of people with disabilities and other service users in a non-institutional way and the event attracted great interest in housing and architectural circles. The speakers included Professor Anthony Clare as well as designers and users of buildings in Belgium, Sweden and Germany.