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Housing and Housing Associations for Women

Rental Options for Single Women

Are there Housing Associations exclusively for Women?  Unusual as it may seem in current times, there are some housing  associations  which cater either mainly or exclusively for woman.  Some, but not all of them  set up and run for those women finding themselves in difficult circumstances and those that are, are understandably fiercely protective of their privacy.

Here’s what we’ve found so far:

Probus Women’s Housing Society

Aimed mainly at single working women without dependent children, they do also have some homes available for couples.  Set up in 1948, they now own properties in Southampton, Colchester, Cambridge, Chandlers Ford, Hoylake, Leicester, London and Oxford. Visit  the Probus Women’s Housing Society Limited

Housing for Women

Housing for women helps women who may be facing challenging circumstances,  such as women eligible for general social housing in general but like many,  priced out of the market. They also help women who might be at risk of trafficking or violence.  Based in London there is a particularly high demand for their services, this means they focus there resources on those who can show a real housing need. Many of them are referrals by the following local councils; Camden, Ealing,  Greenwich, Hounslow,  Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,  Lewisham, Southwark and Westminster  Council
The approved agencies making referrals are the Church Army,  Eaves, Lewisham Refuge,  Look Ahead Housing and Care, the  Medaille Trust, the Passage and Southwark  Women’s Aid.  Visit Housing for Women

Women’s Pioneer Housing

Established in 1920, Women’s Pioneer Housing helps to house single women in eight boroughs in west and north-west London.   Owing to the high level of demand they don’t operate waiting lists for all of their properties.  They mainly find tenants through referrals from councils and other agencies.

Although these Housing Associations are just a drop in the ocean compared to the demand for places, it is something.  We haven’t yet found a single housing association set up specifically to house or help single men.  If you know of one, let us know so we can include it.