Housing associations are privately-owned, not-for-profit organisations that provide lower-cost social housing. Housing associations provide a wide range of housing. Some only own and manage a few properties, while larger ones might own whole estates. Housing associations offer similar types of housing as local councils but some specialise in particular types of housing – for example family homes, sheltered accommodation for older people, and accessible homes for people with disabilities.
The People First website provides useful information and advice as well as listing local housing associations and how to apply.