One Point Housing Options
The One Point Housing Options and Advice Service provides information to all members of the community on a range of housing options and housing related advice.
We are here to help customers to manage and keep their homes or to achieve their housing aspirations.
The Service is a partnership service with First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO) at its core. Other partners include Oldham Council, Connexions, Supported Housing Services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Probation, Job Centre Plus and Social Care Services.
The service aims to help customers to help themselves and to offer support to those who need it. We are able to provide tailor made, personalised solutions and to link customers into services provided by FCHO and our partners locally, regionally and nationally
We allocate FCHO tenancies in line with the Council’s Allocation Scheme. This includes producing the weekly advert of available properties which you can view from the Bid for a Home page. We also carry out the delegated responsibility from Oldham Council in respect of homelessness and its prevention.
Providers who advertise their available properties on the weekly advert are:
- First Choice Homes Oldham
- Great Places
- Guinness Trust
- Housing 21
- Places For People
- Aksa Homes
If you are homeless or likely to become homeless in the next 28 days, please go to our homeless page.
If you are already a social housing tenant and would consider swapping homes with another social housing tenant, please see our information about the Homeswapper Scheme.
If you are a tenant or landlord in the private rented sector, and would like help or advice in resolving a dispute or issue, please see our Tenancy Relations Service.
There is currently a very high demand for housing, therefore you are likely to have a long wait before a suitable home becomes available. You should consider other ways to find a home and our Supported Housing Services before applying for one of our homes.
Go to our Homes Available Now page. These properties are offered to customers who are eligible for the type of property and are let on a first come, first served basis.
Step By Step Guide To Finding A Home With Us
The process is very straight forward;
Step 1 - Housing Application
- First you must complete the online housing application form.
Step 2 - Verification
- Then you must contact us or go to Request a Service to arrange an appointment to have your housing application verified
Step 3 - Bid for homes
- Once your application has been verified, you will be able to bid for our available homes
For more information about how we allocate our homes, please see the Oldham Council Revised Allocations Scheme June 2013 [doc] 886KB
If you have Former Tenancy Arrears with First Choice Homes Oldham, read our Former Tenancy Arrears and Credit Policy [pdf] 209KB
If you wish to give us some feedback about our One Point Housing Options Service please Tell Us What You Think.
Daily Property Updates
Our website will now be updated daily with FCHO properties. We hope that this will make it easier for you to bid for our homes.
FCHO will make multi provisional offers on our properties to the successful customer. We will contact the top five customers within 48 hours in order to confirm your interest and to outline the next steps.
Please be aware that all FCHO offers are subject to 2 full weeks rent in advance. This includes existing FCHO tenants who are looking to transfer. Direct Debits are mandatory.
Please be aware that other Registered Providers may have different conditions which you will need to comply with before you are considered for a home.
Do you receive benefits, including Housing Benefit? If so, you may be about to lose money. Read more on our Welfare Reform page.