Tuesday, 01-Dec-2015

Welcome to the Gateway to Homechoice website 

Gateway to Homechoice is a choice based lettings system, advertising Council and Housing Association properties in the local authority areas of Babergh, Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.

  • This website provides information on the Gateway to Homechoice scheme. 
  • For information about the scheme and how to register, please click on the relevant links on the left hand side of the page.
  • Below, you can also find useful information on the following:

    - Updates and news relating to the Gateway to Homechoice scheme
    - Information about our online housing options service
    - How to access mutual exchange opportunities 
    - Details of current shared ownership opportunities
    - Latest information from our partners (for example, details of new housing developments and consultation events)

To view the information, please click on the relevant links below.

The scheme's latest updates and news  




Changes to our allocation policy from 1 November 2012           

Please click here       

Social/affordable rent and life time/fixed term tenancies

Please click here

Changes to housing benefit from April 2013

Please click here

Current application processing times

Please click here


Need advice on your housing options, 
money or work?   

Our online service provides easy access to information
and advice on a range of issues relating to housing, money
and employment.


Please click here




Looking for a mutual exchange?

House Exchange can provide information on mutual exchange
opportunities throughout the country. 

Please click here



Shared ownership opportunities  

Details of current shared ownership opportunities.


Please click here



Information from our partners

Important information for customers receiving housing benefit 

If you are currently claiming Housing Benefit but it does not meet the full cost of your rent and you are suffering financial hardship as a result, you might be able to get extra financial help through discretionary housing payments.

If you think you might qualify for this extra financial assistance, please contact the Local Authority that pays your benefit to discuss further. 

Suffolk Housing has six new homes now available in Whatfield in Babergh. Local connection criteria applies.

Please click here for further information 

Nine new affordable homes for rent and shared ownership will be available later this year in Maldon. Priority for the new homes will be given to applicants with a local connection to Tillingham.  

Please click here for further information

Colchester Borough Council have recently built a block of brand new garages, storage units and parking bays at Arial Close, Greenstead Estate.

Please click here for further information

Babergh District Council currently has a number of one-bedroom flats available to rent at their very sheltered housing schemes at Sydney Brown Court, Hadleigh and William Wood House, Sudbury. 

These Very Sheltered Housing schemes are managed by Orwell Housing Association and are supported flats for frail elderly people that are in receipt of a care package which provides assistance such as getting in and out of bed, preparing meals, bathing, etc. 

Please click here for further information












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