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Becoming an SHA resident

There are many ways in which people can register to become a resident, here are the following housing schemes you can apply for.

Finding a home

Due to high demand for local homes, our housing offers are currently full.
SHA accept tenant referrals from the local housing waiting list from Tower Hamlets Council. We do not take applications directly, and you can find out more information via Tower Hamlets Council:
Tower Hamlets information

To become a housing association tenant, here are some general tips and advice.

  1. Determine your eligibility: Housing association properties are typically allocated based on certain criteria, such as your income, housing needs, and local connection. Check the eligibility requirements set by the local Council or specific housing association you’re interested in to ensure you meet the criteria.
  2. Register with your local authority (Tower Hamlets Council): Contact your local authority to register for social housing. They will usually have a housing department or a housing options team that handles housing applications. Provide them with the necessary information and complete any application forms they require.
  3. Complete the application form: Fill out the application form accurately and provide all the required documentation. This may include proof of identity, income details, employment information, and any supporting documents related to your housing need.
Council housing applications

Additional actions you can take

  1. Apply to housing associations: SHA take referrals from the local housing waiting list from Tower Hamlets Council, so we do not take applications directly. If you are still searching, research housing associations in your desired area because you may be able to apply directly to them. You can find information on housing associations through various channels, including local council websites, online housing directories, or by contacting local housing advice organisations.
  2. Attend an interview or assessment: Once the Council receives your application, you may be invited for an interview or assessment by a housing officer to discuss your housing needs further. Be prepared to provide additional information or supporting documents during this process.
  3. Wait for an offer: After completing the application process, you will be placed on a waiting list. The length of time you wait will vary depending on the demand for housing in your area and your priority on the list. Be patient, as the waiting times can be long.
  4. Consider alternative options: While waiting for a housing association property, you may want to explore alternative housing options, such as private rentals or shared ownership schemes, to increase your chances of finding suitable accommodation.
  5. Stay in touch and update your information: Keep in contact with SHA’s housing department and your local authority to update your information if there are any changes in your circumstances. This will ensure that your application remains active and up-to-date.

The process and availability of housing association properties may vary depending on your location, your personal circumstances and the specific housing association. It’s essential to research and contact the local authorities and housing associations in your area for accurate and up-to-date information.