Housing Associations are independent, non-profit making organisations that build new homes or improve existing ones to rent them out to people in need of affordable housing.
Housing Associations are usually funded by central government and work closely with local councils to help house people who are on the housing register list as well as people who apply to them directly.
Housing Associations provide all types and sizes of accommodation, including bedsits, flats, bungalows, maisonettes and houses in most parts of the city.
A number of Housing Associations are now partners in the HomeChoice
choice based lettings scheme, while some still maintain a register of people who want their accommodation. You check with the Housing Options Service which Housing Associations still maintain their own housing register.