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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.

We’ve donated £13,000 to local charities over the last 12 months, and secured £9,500 from Sport England to complement it.

Bar’N’Bus, Achievement Through Football and the Essex Youth Service have been among the beneficiaries so they can provide important activities and services for young people.

Wyvern Community Transport (WCT), a charity we’ve supported for a number of years, received £6,000 to install screens and remove seats in its minibuses so social distancing can take place when its vital transport service resumes.

Although WCT has not been able to provide its usual service, volunteers have instead helped to deliver more than 400 food parcels to Rochford residents during the pandemic.

“What Wyvern have been doing for months is the kindest, most helpful, supportive and loving thing. I don’t know if they all realise how much it has meant to so many of us.”


Our Rochford Committee is seeking new members. The Committee is made up of Rochford District Council members and local Sanctuary residents, including our chairperson Patricia O’Shea.

Patricia O'Shea - Rochford Committee Chairperson

By meeting regularly to scrutinise and shape our services, the Committee helps Sanctuary to provide an even better service and, in turn, to better meet your needs.  

If you’d like to influence how we run our services in the district, our team would love to hear from you. Register your interest in joining the Committee.

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:

The Rochford District Community Response Hub continues to support vulnerable residents throughout the pandemic, providing a vital helpline for those in need.

The helpline is available by phoning 01268 779999. It offers support to those who do not have friends, family or other support networks nearby. If you would like to volunteer to help at the Hub, please email Rochford District Council

We also work with local organisations who can provide support with health and wellbeing, managing money and food banks. You can find them on our new interactive map by simply typing in your postcode.

Rochford District News

Food bank support in Rochford

Empathy drives food bank help

30 November 2021

Staff experiences of childhood hunger have inspired our Rochford office to support their local food bank.

A smiling woman drives the Wyvern Community Transport van

Community travel prepares to return in Rochford

1 March 2021

A community transport charity, which has delivered food parcels to more than 400 residents during the pandemic, has secured funding to get back on the road and provide a vital transport service to vulnerable residents in Rochford.