Tuesday, 04-Aug-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           

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Social/affordable rent and life time/fixed term tenancies

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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. 

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

Help to Buy East and South East and are hosting a free new home show in Ipswich to promote and raise awareness of Help to Buy and the affordable home ownership products on 23 May 2015.

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

St Andrews Project: Anton House, 10 Grimwade Street, Ipswich - Suffolk Housing

This is a new development of one and two bedroom flats in Ipswich. We want to create a mixed community within the development and will apply criteria which give priority to different groups in order to achieve this. Priority will be given to obtain a mix in terms of:

  • Economic status

  • The age of the applicant

  • The ages of the applicant's children

22 properties will also be reserved for existing tenants of social housing , where they have successfully maintained a tenancy in social housing priorp to letting.


Please click here to view the Local Lettings Plan

Greenfields Community Housing are building new homes in
Coggleshall which will be a mixture of:

- 1 and 2 bedroom flats and
- 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. 

These homes will be advertised from 31 July 2014 and available from October 2014.

Priority will be given to active applicants in priority bands A - C
who have an established local connection to Coggleshall.

For further information
please click here 






Colchester Borough Homes - vacancies at The Cannons, Layer Rd,
Colchester, Essex (extra care scheme).

Please click here













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