While our offices are closed, if you need housing advice on homelessness, getting temporary accommodation, our housing register or renting in social housing, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01375 652 820.
Finding somewhere to live
For at least 3 weeks from 25 March, you will not be able to bid for council housing or arrange a mutual exchange. New lettings will only be by direct offers to risk-assessed homeless households and applicants whose safety is at risk where they live – for example, due to abuse. We will contact tenants who were due to move out between 23 March and 19 April and offer them the choice to extend their notice period and move later, or withdraw their 'notice to quit' completely.
We may extend the 3-week period if necessary to follow government rules on staying at home and away from others (social distancing).
If you are a teacher, health worker or care worker – a 'key worker' profession – you may be eligible to apply for a place in shared accommodation during your first year of employment.
Who can apply
To apply for shared accommodation, you must be in a 'key worker' profession – examples include:
- occupational therapist
- social worker
You must have an offer of new permanent employment from either Thurrock Council, the NHS or a school in Thurrock. Your new work must be within Thurrock or at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, either as a newly-qualified or junior frontline member of staff.
Within reason, you must be unable to access your own accommodation, and must be either:
- a single person
- a couple without children, where one or both partners are eligible
How to apply
You will be eligible to apply once you have been offered permanent employment.
You should discuss the scheme with your recruiting manager during the recruitment process – the manager may apply for a place on your behalf. A director or chief executive from the service must also give approval. Places are not guaranteed, however.
How much it costs
Costs will vary depending on the type of accommodation.
You may have to undergo a financial assessment before accommodation can be offered. You may also be asked to pay a deposit, which will vary depending on the accommodation offered.
Your employer may choose to help you with these costs as part of a relocation package – you should discuss this with your recruiting manager during the recruitment process.
You will be given accommodation for 1-year, but it may be possible to extend this period.