What is a Housing Association

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What is a Housing Association?

If you are looking for a place to rent but can't afford market rents of £150 a week or more, then you might want to ask about a Housing Association home.

Housing Associations are 'not for profit' organisations that provide homes at 'social' rents, 'affordable' rents and for low cost home ownership. Many of their homes have been funded by government grants and managed by a board of housing, finance, legal and other experts. Some Associations pay a small remuneration to board members while others are entirely voluntary. All work closely with the Council to meet the needs of local people.


The largest Association in Eastleigh is Vivid which includes the former Council Housing owned by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The Housing Associations listed below are those who own and manage most types of accommodation. We don't expect people to ring around every housing association because we have a joint housing register. If you apply on the register you will be able to apply for vacancies when they are advertised. But beware: there is a big shortage of this type of housing in the Borough so you may have to wait a long time.

To find out more, please take a look at our 'How can I apply for a Home' page

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Housing Associations

These Associations specialise in housing for older people:

These associations specialise in housing for single people: