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Rochford District

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

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 home in Rochford, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511. If you’re already a Sanctuary Housing resident in Rochford or live in a Sanctuary Housing property in a different region, you may be able to transfer to us.

Change of circumstances

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

Tenants who live in homes owned by Rochford Housing Association and leaseholders whose lease was with Rochford Housing Association were consulted in summer 2016 about moving ownership directly to Sanctuary Housing Association.

The process' called a transfer of engagements (‘ToE’), completed on 25 November 2016. 

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

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.

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:

  • For further information about housing for older people in the Rochford area, please call us on 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 3511.

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).

For further information:

Did you know Sanctuary Housing is investing funding to make Rochford a better place to live?

We’re asking Sanctuary Housing residents in Rochford to get involved and share their ideas to revitalise their neighbourhood. So if you have a bright idea, we want to hear from you!

Rochford Housing improvements

How can I submit my idea?

It’s easy; just fill in the online form with your ideas.

What will happen to my feedback?

We’ll consider every idea and if we think it’s something we can help with, we’ll let you know.

What kind of ideas would be considered?

We’ll consider all the ideas you submit about making your neighbourhood a better place to live. Here’s an example of a project we’re involved in:

Following consultation with residents from Garden Way in Rochford, we realised that car owners wanted two things: to have an adequate, safe space to park and to be able to park outside or near to their homes. As a result, we are transforming an unused space to create 12 car parking spaces for residents to use. 

Rochford District News

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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.

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Rochford District community projects benefit from £100k investment

13 May 2020

Community projects in the Rochford District have been boosted by £100,000 of vital funding over the past four years.


Advice on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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

We are continually monitoring how we provide services to our customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the resumption of routine repairs. More information about our services can be found on our Covid-19 page and on our social media channels. Please see our latest health and safety guidance.

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