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Who is eligible for social housing?

DoneAndBeyond Community member Posts: 8 Listener
For example like Home Choice Plus. I'm looking to move out of my parents home but am on PIP and ESA. Am I elligible for social housing?


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 49,870 Disability Gamechanger
    If you’re a single person then the waiting list would likely be very very long. You can of course put your name down on the waiting list for social housing in your area but a lot of areas have waiting lists of several years. 
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 10,495 Disability Gamechanger
    As an example our son has been on the waiting list for 8 years now, priority is rightly given to those with children as social housing is unable to cope with the demand put on it.
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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 3,909 Disability Gamechanger
    For example like Home Choice Plus. I'm looking to move out of my parents home but am on PIP and ESA. Am I elligible for social housing?
    It very much depends on your area as they all have different criteria. Those who need to move out for disability or health reasons and those that are homeless take priority in my area, regardless of if they are single or have children. 
    The wait lists everywhere are quite long but don't let it put you off. Better to start not than to be in this same position starting in 5 years. 

    Go on your local council website and search for their housing register information as it should show you the best ways to go about it. Some housing associations let you apply directly to them and others say you need to be on the council list. What area do you live in?
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Campaigns Posts: 12,465 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @DoneAndBeyond :) Have you had a chance to take a look at your local council's website to see what the situation might be like in your local area? 

    Have you looked at any other options, such as private renting? As a private renter, I know it can be pretty expensive, and that many landlords unfortunately won't accept those whose main income comes from benefit payments. That being said, some landlords do accept benefit claimants, so all hope isn't lost. 

    Would living with other people be a possibility for you, such as in a house or flat share? That's usually considerably cheaper than renting alone, at least in my experience.

    You could also see whether there are any suitable housing associations in your area that offer more affordable housing. 
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  • Luchia
    Luchia Community member Posts: 224 Pioneering
    edited September 2022
    Everyone is eligible but it depends on your circumstances if you will actually ever get an offer, I was recently given Band B Medical(highest band here) due to my current home been unsuitable as it has steps and my mobility is very poor and was told it usually takes 2-12 months of bidding.

    This is what I was told with local council

    Band A - No registered Band A(2022) - Random offer will be made, No Viewing, If offer declined they will be removed from list and account closed.
    Band B Medical - Highest priority, Should be housed in 2-12 months.
    Band B Non Medical - Should be housed in 2-4 years.
    Band C - Should be housed in 4-8+ years.
    Band D - Unlikely to ever get an offer 20+ Years.
    Band E - No offer will ever be given.


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