for the Shrewsbury Area
There is a housing shortage within the Shropshire area so applicants must be proactive and follow as many avenues as possible to be successful. Do not rely on a single organisation but ask each one to advise you where to go for help and advice.
On this page we have tried to bring together as much information as possible to make it easer and less frustrating for the applicant.
Registering for re-housing
It is necessary for all homeless people to register with the Housing Options Department at the Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council office at Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY1 8HQ
Tel: 01743 - 281000
Places to get help (follow coloured links for more information)
Housing Organisations - There are many housing organisations and housing associations and private landlords working in the Shrewsbury Area. Pleasedownload this document (43KB) which lists some of them for you.
Citizens Advice Bureau - a good source of free information and advice on Housing,Benefits,Debts, and will help with completing application forms for you and many other things.
Solicitors - many do a half hour for £5 on the first visit and this is sometimes free.
Church Ministers - are very good as advocates and brilliant at giving support. Many churches have befriending teams and projects like youth club and Mother and Toddlers Groups and Coffee Mornings.
Social Service - all sections of Social Service will help you get re-housed.
Probation Service - will help you get re-housed
N A C R O - the National Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders. If you are in Prison they will help you get re-housed at the end of your sentence, however it is advisable to make contact with them as soon as you start your sentence. We also advise that you contact your Prison Chaplain Service for help and advice and support.
A4U - Formerly known as DIAL, provides free Information on Disabled Benefits and many other things for the Disabled and they will help you to complete your application forms and will even represent you at Tribunals and will come and see you at home if needed.
Local Papers - are a very good source of information for private housing, flats and bedsits
Estate Agents - are also a good source of information for private landlords for houses, flats and bedsits, and a few will take Housing Benefits
Rodenrents - 01952 770124
Bower Properties - 08452 177107
Balfours Estate Agents 01743 241181
Homesbury 01743 342142
TSR 01743 243900
MMP 01743 247755
H2H 01743 340222
J & S Lettings 01743 272119
And many more in the phone book
Deposit and First Month Rent
This is called Bonding and you may be able to get help with this from the following places .
Community Grant Fund can be used for this .
Credit Union ,Shirehall .Abbey Foregate Shrewsbury can help with this
S H FA and H Y P S can also help with this when funds are available
Isaiah 58 Project can some time help with this when funds are available .
These are needed to get higher points or Medical Priority and can be got from the following places
Consultants ,G P's ,Health Visitors ,Social Services ,Police ,Probation Service , Drug Workers ,Schools, Church Ministers ,Councillors .
Ask them to put as much information in these letter as Possible .
Medical Points can be worth as much as 250 points .
Copies of these letter should always be kept by you .
We strongly recommend that you get an advocate to help you .
Your Local MP . Daniel Kawczynski can help you and can be contacted on 01743-466477 at Unit 1 , Benbow Business Park ,Harlescott Lane Shrewsbury SY1-3FA or email on - firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Councillors all can be contacted at The Giuldhall Frankwell Quay Shrewsbury SY3-8HQ or email at First Name . Surname @ shrewsbury.gov.uk
List of Wards and Councillors
Bagley - David Farmer and Maxwell Winchester
Batterfield & Heathgates - Paul Lord and Malcolm Price
Bayton Hill - Ted Clarke and Alan Parkhurst
Belle Vue - Alan Townsend and Mansel Williams
Bowbrook - Peter Jetson and Peter Adams
Castlefields& Quarry - Stephen Williams and Andrew Wagner
Column - Jackie Brennand and Jo Jones
Condover - Tom Hendry
Copthorne - Peter Nutting and Keith Roberts
Hanwood & Longden - Yvonne Holyoak
Harlescott- Vernon Bushell & Eileen Sandford M B E
Haughmond & Attingham - Claire Wild
Lawley - Tim Barker
Meole Brace - Michael Owen & Kathleen Owen
Monkmore - Roy Sambrook & Tony Durnell
Pimhill- Brian Rees
Porthill - Judith Williams & Anne Chebsey
Rea Valley - Tudor Bebb &David Sheppard
Rowton - David Roberts
SevernVally - Charles Arnstrong
Sundorne - Joyce Allaway & Danny Moore
Sutton & Reabrook - Jon Tandy & Liz Parsons
Underdale - Miles Kenny & Chris Freestone
The Local Press
The local Papers and Radio Stations are often interested in homeless people stories , even more so if you are a family or disabled or are retied .
It is always worth contacting them , this also helps greatly in getting you re - housed .
If children are involved they may well change you names if you ask them to do so your children are not bullied at school .
We hope you find this information helpful. Please remember always to ask every one you come in to contact with for help and advice.