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Housing Opportunities

Our waiting lists

We have a number of waiting lists you can add your name to, according to your needs and circumstances. If the list is marked ‘open’ simply call our office on 020 8749 7112 and request an application form be sent to your address.

If the relevant list is closed, it means we’re not currently in a position to help. Keep checking as you may be able to add your name when the list re-opens.

  • Hostel waiting list, for those aged between 21-34
  • 35+ waiting list, for those aged between 35-59
  • Sheltered housing waiting list, for those aged 60 and over

Each of our flats is self-contained with a living/sleeping area, kitchen, bathroom with WC and limited storage space.

Accommodation on offer will be:

  • Studio flats comprising living room/kitchen and some shared amenities for single women aged 21-34, in our Hostel at 25 Collingham Gardens – in the sought-after Earls Court area
  • Studio flats for single women aged 35-59
  • Studio flats in one of our five sheltered housing schemes for single women aged 60 plus
White City is an up-and-coming area with good transport links.

Waiting list for women aged 35 and over

If you’re a single woman aged 35 or over, living in insecure or unsuitable housing, you can join one of our waiting lists. Although we get very few vacancies, we try to house a few women each year in self-contained studio flats.

Because we’re realistic about the number of women we’re able to help, the lists are short and may close at any time without warning.

Are you eligible?

To join a waiting list you must be:

  • Earning under £40,000 a year
  • Willing to consider living in any area we cover (although flats are likely to be in White City, W12)
  • Reasonably mobile (flats are likely to be on upper floors, without a lift)
  • Not living in a hostel or accommodation run by another housing association (because we aim to help those with no other access to social housing)
  • Have less than £30,000 in savings for waiting lists 1 & 2, and less than £300,000 in savings for our sheltered schemes.

What happens when we offer you a property?

Before any offer can be confirmed, you will need to be able to prove:

  • Where you’re currently living
  • That you can pay the rent and continue to meet the terms of your tenancy
  • That you do not owe any rent

We may also ask for a reference from your current landlord.

If you turn down an offer, we’ll remove your name from the waiting list.

Moving from your Women's Pioneer home

If you are a Women’s Pioneer tenant who would like to move, you have a number of options:

Exchange with another social housing tenant

Transfer to another Women’s Pioneer property

To join our transfer list download a form here.

Please check with the housing management’s duty officer before submitting the form. They will give you a realistic view of how long your wait might be, as very few homes become available.

Move to a shared ownership home

These housing association properties allow you to part buy and part rent a home of your own at an affordable price.

You’ll make a monthly mortgage payment as well as a some rent. Some schemes allow you to buy more shares in your home over time, until you own it outright.

Women’s Pioneer doesn’t offer shared ownership, but other local housing associations – such as Notting Hill Housing Group, Octavia Hill Housing and Care may be able to help.

Buying your Women’s Pioneer home

When the government gave secure tenants the right to buy their homes in 1980, 90 of our tenants bought long leases on their flats. Many have since been sold on the open market.

While there are some differences between the service we provide to tenants and to leaseholders, we pride ourselves on providing safe and secure homes and quality services to all our residents.

The benefits of buying

  • As leaseholders contribute to the maintenance of the entire property they can sometimes can sometimes face very large bills.
  • London property values mean leaseholders are likely to benefit from ownership in the long run – particularly if prices continue to rise. Bear in mind that your share in the upkeep of the building could prove expensive.

Notice:The Voluntary Right to Buy scheme for assured tenants is still being developed. We will update you when we see the government’s scheme in detail.

Run by the Greater London Authority, Housing Moves is the Mayor of London’s housing mobility scheme that allows tenants of London boroughs or housing associations to move outside their existing borough to a different part of London.

If you are 55 or older and you wish to move to a home outside of London then you may be interested in the Seaside & Country Homes scheme.

Click here to visit the Housing Moves website

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