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Help Finding Housing
If you think you are in need of help with your housing situation here’s what you need to do:
If you find yourself homeless you can contact:
- RBWM’s Housing Options Team - 01628 683685 or if under 18 contact RBWM Children’s Services team on 01628 683150
- Shelter’s helpline - 0808 800 4444 / or visit www.shelter.org.uk
Shelter are a charity who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness and they campaign to prevent it in the first place.
- The RBWM teams will assess your needs and situation and, if applicable, source emergency accommodation, supported housing and/or place you on the Local Housing Register
- Housing Options will then allocate housing between the housing associations using a band system according to your needs. Those in greatest need will be assisted through various housing options including accommodation in the private sector and home ownership
If you are looking for accommodation, you might find it useful to get hold of:
- names of hostels, bed & breakfast hotels and emergency accommodation
- names of accommodation agencies
- addresses of local housing associations and housing cooperatives
- advice on approaching the local authority as a homeless person
- information on local housing available for people with special needs.
The Homeless UK website has information about services for homeless people, including hostels, day centres and other advice and support services. Go to homeless UK.
If you're looking for private rented accommodation, check if landlords are part of an accreditation scheme. Accreditation schemes are voluntary schemes that landlords join to show that they provide good quality accommodation. For more information about accreditation schemes in England, go to ANUK.
- Emergency accommodation
For short term housing whilst an assessment of need is completed before further discussions about housing options.
- Supported accommodation
Shared living with an assigned worker to support you.
- Social Housing
In 1995 all the council housing stock within the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) was transferred to two main Housing Associations now known as Radian Housing (Windsor) and Housing Solutions (Maidenhead).
There are hundreds of people on the local housing list so being allocated a property will take time. Once in a property, to move to a larger home can take years e.g. from a 2 bed to a 3 bed – an 8 year wait (as of Aug 2014). However, there are options to move out of social housing at this point and perhaps into Shared Ownership.
Once you are a customer of Radian Housing or Housing Solutions, you also have access to a number of useful services including financial and employment support.
If you are already a customer you can contact your landlord to access these services and more on:
- Shared Ownership
RBWM works in partnership with Housing Associations to provide a Shared Ownership Scheme, which is a means of providing homes for people who are unable to afford the cost of buying a property outright on the open market. Under shared ownership the purchaser buys a share of a property and then rents the remainder.
To apply for a shared ownership property you have to have lived or worked within the borough for the last 6 months.
- Housing Solutions offers two shared ownership schemes within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. For more details call 01628 543130 or email email@example.com.
- You will find further details at: http://www.housingsolutions.co.uk/BuyaHome/Sharedownership.aspx
- Alternatively you can register with Help to Buy for the South East by visiting http://www.helptobuysouth.co.uk/
- Private Rental
Identifying properties in the local paper or through letting agencies. You will need a deposit to secure this accommodation.