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Housing associations

Housing Associations Panel

A housing association is a not-for-profit organisation that owns, lets, and manages rental housing. Any profits that the housing association makes are reinvested into properties you can rent.

Housing associations typically offer different types of accommodation, which can include:

  • Social rent (below market rates)
  • Affordable rent (up to 80% of market rates)
  • Shared ownership schemes
  • Supported housing for people with specific needs

Many housing associations also provide community services, such as:

  • Support for elderly or disabled residents
  • Employment and training programmes
  • Community development initiatives

There are over 20,000 social or housing association homes in Plymouth, ranging from sheltered housing for older people to adapted homes for people with disabilities and family homes.

All available social and housing association homes are advertised on the Devon Home Choice website.

To apply for a property, you must join the Devon Home Choice housing register.

Apply to join the Devon Home Choice housing register

Search the Devon Home Choice housing register

Once your application has been accepted, they'll write to you to confirm what band your application has been placed in and what type of home you can bid for.

View an A to Z Directory of housing association-related groups and organisations

Housing associations are also known as registered social landlords or private registered providers of social housing.

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