Sunday, 25-Sep-2016

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 May 2016

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Social/affordable rent and life time/fixed term tenancies

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Changes to housing benefit from April 2013

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Current application processing times

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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.


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Looking for a mutual exchange?

Both House Exchange or Swap and Move can provide information on mutual exchange opportunities throughout the country. 


Shared ownership opportunities  

Details of current shared ownership opportunities.


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Information from our partners

Get extra help towards your rent and/or Council Tax

If the amount of Housing Benefit or the housing costs element of your Universal Credit you receive does not cover your full rent you may be eligible to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to help you pay the shortfall.

If you need extra assistance towards your Council Tax you may qualify for help under our Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme/Council Tax Support Scheme.

To apply for either a Discretionary Housing Payment or financial help towards your council tax go to your Local Authority website.        

Greenfields Community Housing has homes available for shared ownership in Sible Hedingham. Priority is given to people with a local connection to the village but people with a connection to the Braintree District can also apply.

Please click here for further information

Four two bed houses for shared ownership are available in Leiston. Applicants must have a local connection to Leiston.

Please click here for further information

Fifteen new shared ownership homes will be available in late 2016 in Sudbury, Babergh. Applicants will need to have a local connection to Babergh to be considered for these properties.

Please click here for further information

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

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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