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Rochford District

Sanctuary Housing Association manages has more than 2,000 properties in the Rochford district of south Essex.

Renting a home in Rochford

General rented housing provides affordable homes for people on low incomes. Our rented properties are available at lower rents than the open market. We have waiting lists for homes to rent in all parts of the country.

If you would like to apply to live in a Sanctuary Housing property, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511. If you’re already a Sanctuary Housing resident or live in one of our homes in a different area of the country, you may be able to transfer to us.

Rochford Charter

Please read the Rochford Charter (PDF 50KB), which describes the service tenants and leaseholders should receive from us.

Change of circumstances

Should your circumstances change, please let us know by filling in the 'Change of Circumstances' section on our online form.

Housing for older people in Rochford

Sanctuary provides high-quality schemes which benefit from a scheme manager service, allowing residents to live comfortably, securely and independently.

Residents have their own self-contained accommodation; services include a dedicated scheme manager responsible for the management of the building and communal areas, 24-hour in-house telecare service and a separate 24-hour phone line to report any repairs or raise enquiries

For further information about housing for older people, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511

Support within your community/neighbourhood

We have launched a new interactive map to help you find out about support services available in your area. Simply open up the map and type in the first half of your post code to find organisations local to you.


Following the transfer of Rochford Housing Association to Sanctuary Housing in November 2016, we set up the Sanctuary in Rochford Committee to replace the board of management.

The committee meets six times per year and is responsible for monitoring local operational performance and compliance with the Rochford Charter, which sets out our commitments to local customers. It consists of ten members, five of whom are Sanctuary Housing tenants or leaseholders, three are nominated by Rochford District Council and two are independent. The position is voluntary with reasonable expenses paid and training provided. Please read the Sanctuary in Rochford Terms of Reference (PDF 243KB) to find out more about what the committee does and how it operates.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved, please contact Chris Silvey, Resident Involvement Officer on 01702 533461 or email getinvolved@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

Maureen's Gift gives community groups across Rochford the opportunity to benefit from a share of £5,000.

The £5,000 fund is in memory of local community champion Maureen Vince who passed away in 2010. Maureen was a parish councillor for 16 years, a former chair of the Rochford Housing board and was heavily involved in many community groups and charities district-wide. 

Maureen’s Gift is a resident-led initiative offering support and encouragement for local people to assist their communities in making life a richer experience.

To apply, please complete the Maureen's Gift application form (PDF 278KB).

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Rochford District News

Lunch boxes filled with fruit and

Lunch made fun for families in Rochford

3 November 2020

Families in Rochford got creative with food this half-term by taking part in activities designed to help children get their five-a-day. 

An older person wears a headset.

Sanctuary funding helps talking newspaper service

2 July 2020

Blind and partially sighted people in Rochford are continuing to keep up to date with the latest news thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.


COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The health and safety of our residents, their families and our staff is our number one priority.

Information about our services can be found on our Covid-19 page and on our social media.

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