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Social housing

Social housing is accommodation which people on low incomes can afford to live in. It is different to privately rented housing.

There are rules about who is able to apply for social housing, and accommodation is usually allocated to households based on their level of need. This doesn't happen with privately rented accommodation.

Social housing is sometimes also known as 'council housing'. However, in Middlesbrough, the council doesn't provide any social housing; it is all owned and managed by registered providers (often called housing associations).

Housing associations are independent, not-for-profit organisations, which means that any surplus money they make must be invested back into maintaining existing homes and helping to pay for new ones. Housing associations are regulated and funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, which is responsible for the construction of new social housing.

Sheltered accommodation

Thirteen owns and manages a number of extra care and sheltered housing schemes which offer specialist support, allowing older and vulnerable people to live independently for longer. Read more about supported living with Thirteen.

Get social housing in Middlesbrough

The majority of local social housing vacancies are advertised by Tees Valley Home Finder. Details of how to apply for social housing are available on their website.

Below is a list of providers who let at least half of their properties through Tees Valley Home Finder:

Provider Contact details Number of properties

Accent Foundation

Address: 202 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3QW
Phone: 0845 678 0573
Accent Foundation website

Affinity Sutton

Phone: 0845 217 8601
Affinity Sutton website

Anchor (housing for older people)

Phone: 0845 140 2020
Anchor website

Habinteg Housing Association

Phone: 01274 853160
Habinteg Housing Association website

Hanover Housing Association

Phone: 01274 599686
Hanover Housing Association website

Home Group

Phone: 08456 063030
Home Group website

Housing 21

Phone: 08701 924791
Housing 21 website

Places for People

Phone: 01325 744109
Places for People website


Address: Rivers House, 63 North Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AF
Phone: 08000 461600
Thirteen website