Housing for Girton residents
Girton Town Charity has a remit to relieve the needs of individuals living in the Village which it does with almshouses, making charitable donations to groups and activities to benefit residents and enhancing the environment for everyone living in Girton.
In terms of housing provision, almshouses are currently located on Wellbrook Way, Michael’s Close, Fairway, St Vincent’s Close and Girton Road. GTC is currently expanding and enhancing its portfolio of housing to futureproof provision in the Village.
These are managed on a day-to-day basis by CHS Group based in Histon.
What are almshouses?
These two and three bedroom unfurnished homes are made available to those with a Girton connection. They are let as almshouses which means they are subject to different legal arrangements from private, council or housing association tenancies.
Residents are ‘appointees’, not ‘tenants’, live in the house under licence and pay a maintenance contribution, not rent.
As they are almshouses there is no ‘right-to-buy’ or opportunity for shared equity.
How are residents selected?
Residents apply for available homes and are interviewed. Decisions are made on the basis of a wide range of criteria including the interview.
How long can residents stay?
With almshouses residency is limited to a maximum of three years except for those over the age of 65 or in the case of disability.
Initial appointments are for three years and may be reviewed after 30 months at the discretion of GTC.
All residents sign a Letter of Appointment which clearly states the terms and conditions of residency and the maximum five year occupation.
What happens at the end of the residency?
All residents will be aware of the length of their tenancy as stated in their initial Letter of Appointment but will also receive a reminder notice several months ahead of the end of the residency.
This will outline the next steps they must take to look for alternative housing.
Support and assistance is also provided to enable appointees to look at the options available which include Housing Associations and private rental. Appointees are also encouraged to remain on the SCDC Home-Link register.