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Find out about the latest news from FCHO

Our regular newsletter First Choice for News is now sent out to all our tenant and leaseholder customers every six months, in April and September. We will post news items here too so you can still keep up to date with the latest news from across Oldham.

For media enquiries please contact a member of the FCHO Communications team on  0161 393 5279, 0161 393 5515 or 0161 393 5523.  Alternatively you can email communications@fcho.co.uk.

First Choice For News previous editions:

First Choice Homes Oldham is one of the best companies to work for in the UK

First Choice Homes Oldham is one of the best companies to work for in the UK

Housing association First Choice Homes Oldham has been given the accolade of being ranked 55th in the Top 100 Sunday Times Best Not for Profit Company to Work for in the UK. This is up ten places from its position last year and shows the company continues to improve how it looks after employees....
People in hardship to benefit from new First Choice Homes Oldham funding

People in hardship to benefit from new First Choice Homes Oldham funding

Households in Oldham who are struggling financially will get help to eat healthily on a budget thanks to £20,000 funding for community groups. The Ancora Project has been able to launch its Eat Well, Spend Less courses due to receiving £320 from housing association First Choice Homes Oldham.   Ol...
Oldham housing partnership pledges to bring an end to homelessness

Oldham housing partnership pledges to bring an end to homelessness

Oldham Housing Investment Partnership has vowed to help Greater Manchester Housing Providers end rough sleeping and reduce homelessness over the next five years.

Housing association seeks local contractors to help build much needed homes

Housing association seeks local contractors to help build much needed homes

First Choice Homes Oldham are seeking expressions of interest from local contractor’s that offer a full house building package to build 26 units across five sites within the Oldham area.

Oldham children are making a big noise!

Oldham children are making a big noise!

An innovative musical project is helping children gain confidence by learning how to play instruments and bringing the local community together.

The Incredible Plastic Street Band is run by local organisations

Universal Credit - Facebook live chat

Universal Credit - Facebook live chat

If you need some support with Universal Credit, we are here to help.

First job for mum inspires children for their future

First job for mum inspires children for their future

A 30-year-old mum has inspired her children to believe they can achieve a bright future thanks to starting work for the first time. Since leaving school Netty Southward, who lives in Higginshaw, has been a foster carer and a full-time mum to her three children, aged 16, 12 and nine years, as well...
Crackdown on social housing fraudsters in Oldham

Crackdown on social housing fraudsters in Oldham

An Oldham housing association has managed to save £760,000 thanks to a new service to combat social housing fraud.
Since September 2017, First Choice Homes Oldham has received 40 reports of fraud from members of the public, customers and employees that have resulted in 26 cases being investigated.

So far ten Right to Buy applications have been stopped due to fraud investigation checks. This has resulted in a potential discount saving of £400,000.

First Choice Homes Oldham launches FREE Universal Credit hotline number for its customers

First Choice Homes Oldham launches FREE Universal Credit hotline number for its customers

First Choice Homes Oldham has launched a FREE hotline number to help its customers who are worried about Universal Credit. The number is Freephone 0800 1955 440.

Universal Credit is a new benefit for people out of work or on a low income. It is gradually replacing six ‘means-tested’ benefits including Housing Benefit,

Have your say on social housing

Have your say on social housing

The government wants to find out what issues and concerns social housing tenants have through its Social Tenant Engagement Questionnaire. Following the Grenfell Tower block fire the government wants to hear tenants views.

The survey closes on January 31, 2018.