Need help with housing? Our new Housing Options approach could just be the answer.
Housing Options is a new approach which offers personal advice to anyone who may need housing advice or assistance. It aims to support you if you feel you are struggling to stay in your current home, to help you make informed choices about your housing options/future and to prevent you from becoming homeless.
Developed by Glasgow Housing Association and Glasgow City Council with other Housing Associations, the NHS and the voluntary sector; Housing options has been independently evaluated to show very positive results.
Housing Options looks at your individual circumnstances; your housing & personal needs and choices. This will include any support needs or other specific needs you tell us about. We will help you to consider access to Social Housing (Housing Associations), the Private Rented Sector, Ownership Options, Homelessness services and consider support to help you remain in your current home.
A Housing Options interview will take about 45 minutes and we will offer solutions tailored to your personal needs.
Properties for rent
The Association has a housing waiting list which is open to everyone aged 16 years and over. We let our properties in accordance with our Allocations Policy which is based on the applicant’s circumstances and needs. The number of applicants on the housing list at 31 March 2016 was 630.
The number of general needs lets during 2015/16 was 89, this was made up of 74 new lets and 15 re-lets. The average time to re-let these properties was 20 days.
The Association has a small number of shared ownership properties in Regent's Park, Southpark Village and Darnley. Shared Ownership is where a resident can purchase 25%, 50% or 75% share of their home while paying rent for the remaining percentage owned by the Housing Association. The sharing owner can opt to buy further shares of the property after one year.
If you are interested in finding out more about shared ownership, please contact Joyce Slicer on 0141 620 2702 for further information and an application form. The Association currently holds a three tier waiting list with the highest priority given to our current tenants, then to applicants within the Greater Pollok area, then to applicants within the Greater Glasgow area.
New Supply Shared Equity
The New Supply Shared Equity Scheme is part of a range of assistance from the Scottish Government for first time buyers. It is designed for people on low incomes, so if you wish to apply you will be required to provide information about your income to allow the Association to establish affordability and conduct means testing.
If your application is successful you will be required to pay a £250 reservation fee which is non-refundable but will be deducted from the purchase cost of the property you buy.
The stake purchased will normally be between 60% and 80%. The maximum stake you can start with is 80% which can be increased after time.
Please note: there are no current developments at this time.
House Exchange is the largest not for profit mutual exchange site for tenants. There are over 120,000 tenants registered with House Exchange in the U.K., all looking for a move. If you would like to find out more, please log on to www.houseexchange.org.uk - it costs £6.49 to register.
If you are looking to stay within the local area and would like to advertise for a mutual exchange, please let us know. We can advertise your requirements on our mutual exchange information board which is displayed in our reception area.
Alternative Housing Options
You can find out about alternative housing options from the Glasgow City Council website.
Saving for a Home
Without access to a bank account, it can be very difficult to save money for the most basic of needs, such as the funds to rent a flat. Grand Central Savings offers a banking service to those who are ‘unbanked’. This service offers a fair, free and simple way to manage money.