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Rochford District

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

A resident stands outside her 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 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.

On Monday 26 June, 2017, work starts to refurbish the accommodation at Frances Cottee Lodge to become housing for people in Rochford district with urgent housing needs.

The 15 flats will be offered to families, couples and individuals who have been made homeless. Local accommodation ensures families can stay in the district and children can continue to attend their school.

Our planning application for minor internal and external alterations to the existing building, provision of additional car parking spaces and landscaping to the entrance of Frances Cottee Lodge was approved by Rochford District Council (RDC) on 19 January 2017. The application and decision can be viewed by visiting the Planning section of the RDC website.

Residents at our flats in Clarence Road have also been consulted and given the option to move to another sheltered scheme if they wish. As vacancies arise, these flats will be let to people who have applied to Rochford District Council or Sanctuary Housing for a home. These will no longer be restricted to over 55 year olds.

In June 2017 we produced a new set of  Questions and Answers (PDF 37.1KB) to provide further information about the current situation at Frances Cottee Lodge. The new document gives updates from the previous FAQs (232KB), which included social housing, sheltered housing and homeless accommodation statistics for Rochford.

Back in November 2016 we also published further questions and answers in our ‘You asked – we said’ leaflet (PDF 766KB) – and this remains online. However, please note some of the information has since been updated in the new FAQs. In addition, if you do have any questions, you can also contact us directly via email: rochford.consult@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.

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 917 0092 or 0300 123 3599.

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 225KB).

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

Following a 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. 

Please submit your ideas and help to make a difference where you live!

A resident receives the keys to her new home from a Sanctuary representative.

Rochford District News

Chris Silvey with the vital supplies donated by Sanctuary Housing staff.

Vital supplies collected for those in crisis

2 July 2018

Sanctuary Housing staff and residents in the Rochford district have been helping those in need by generously donating consumables to the Southend Foodbank.

A Wyvern Community Transport mini bus

Essential transport links boosted by funding

25 June 2018

A community transport charity which provides travel life-lines for people in need has received a boost from Sanctuary Housing.