Making sure low-cost, shared ownership and supported housing are available in our district
A key Priority within our Housing Strategy is to 'enable every resident to have access to a home that meets their needs'.
As a result, we want to make sure that there are a mix of affordable housing options for people in West Berkshire. This includes properties to rent from housing associations, low-cost or shared ownership options, as well as providing supported housing for more vulnerable members of the community.
Renting from a Housing Association
The Council does not own or manage social housing. We work in partnership with Registered Providers (Housing Associations) to increase the amount of affordable homes in the area.
Homechoice is the common housing register of people who need social rented accommodation. You can apply on the Homechoice website to see if you are eligible and if you qualify for the Council's Housing Register.
Shared or Low-Cost Ownership
Our First Step, Next Step Scheme can support first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder, and our Rural Affordable Housing webpage contains information about affordable housing in rural communities.
We also offer advice on Shared Ownership.
Adult Social Care can offer help and advice on receiving care at home or finding a care home. They can also give advice on Extra Care Housing Schemes that can help the most vulnerable people in our community.
Grants for home adaptations for disabled people are also available. Please contact the contact the Home Improvement Agency for further information.
Planning and Sustainable Development
The Housing Strategy Team work with housing associations, developers, landowners and Homes England, to secure the sites and funding for new affordable housing within the district.