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Housing Opportunities

Our waiting lists

We have changed the way we operate our waiting lists. From 2019 we will operate three waiting lists. The lists will open on 1 April 2019 for two weeks, during which time you can add your name to the list. We will then check you meet our criteria and tell you your priority order on the list by the end of April.

The lists will then re-open on 1 April 2020 and all existing applicants will need to re-apply alongside new applicants. We may open the list again during the year if we house everyone on the list and will advertise ahead of time the period we intend to do so.

The three lists available are:

  • Collingham Gardens waiting list for those aged between 21-34
  • General needs waiting listfor those aged over 35
  • Sheltered housing waiting list, for those aged 60 and over who can live independently

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

Accommodation on offer will be:

  • At Collingham Gardens, situated in Earls Court, studio flats comprising living room/kitchen and some shared amenities for single women aged 21-34  In general needs we offer self contained studio flats for single women aged over 35
  • In sheltered housing we offer studio flats in one of our five sheltered housing schemes for single women aged 60 plus. The schemes also have an on-site sheltered scheme manager, communal lounge and warden alarms and house a wide age range of women.
White City is an up-and-coming area with good transport links.


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 or be eligible for housing assistance from the local authority (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.
  • Have a need for women’s housing

How to apply

  • The list will be open on this webpage on 1 April 2019. From there you can completed a short form online which outlines how you meet the criteria above as well as providing some information about your current housing circumstance.
  • If you need a paper form you can email us at [email protected] to request one.
  • All forms must be received at the office by Monday 15 April 2019 to be processed for this year.

How we prioritise women on our waiting lists

  • We will assess the priority of each applicant based on their current housing situation and their need for women’s housing. This will include whether the need is long term (i.e. living for a long time in unsustainable accommodation such as non-self-contained) or urgent (i.e. imminent tenancy end).
  • The waiting lists are in high demand, and when we write to you to tell your position on the list we will let you know the likelihood of being housed in the next 12 months.

What happens when we offer you a property?

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

  • That you meet the above criteria
  • 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

We endeavour to offer available properties to our existing tenants who want to move first. The majority of Women’s Pioneer’s stock are one studio and one bedroom properties so if you need to move to a two or three bedroom property it will probably be quicker to try a mutual exchange, outlined above. If you want to join our transfer list, please speak to your Housing Officer first, they can tell you about our criteria (such as having a clear rent account) and give you an idea of how the process works and how long it might take. You can request a form from them, or download one here.

Move to a shared ownership home

The Share to Buy website is a useful tool to search across landlords for available shared ownership properties https://www.sharetobuy.com/

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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