Rental Options for Single Women

Are there Housing Associations exclusively for Women?  Unusual as it may seem, a few housing  associations  have been set up to cater either mainly or exclusively for woman.  Some, but not all of them, have been set up to help women finding themselves in exceptionally difficult circumstances and of those that are, they 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.  (We don’t have a link for them at the moment).

Housing for Women

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

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.   The high level of demand means that they don’t operate waiting lists for all of their properties.  Like the Housing for Women, most tenants they help come through referrals from local councils and other local agencies.

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