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Find out about the latest news from FCHO

Our regular newsletter First Choice for News is 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 Communications team on 0161 393 8803. Alternatively, you can email communications@fcho.co.uk.

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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,

Worried about Universal Credit? - We're here to help

Worried about Universal Credit? - We're here to help

If you need some support with Universal Credit, we are here to help. Visit our Facebook page to take part in a live chat running on Friday 5 January 1 - 2pm and Tuesday 9 January 4:30 - 5:30pm. Our specialist advisor Sarah who will be available to answer your questions on Universal Credit.
First Choice Homes Oldham gets gold award for looking after employees

First Choice Homes Oldham gets gold award for looking after employees

Housing association First Choice Homes Oldham is a great employer – that’s according to Investors in People who have awarded it a gold accreditation for the second time.

The organisation has been given the award for commitment shown to employees, their working environment, improving skills and wellbeing.

The organisation also achieved a gold accreditation in 2014, and gained a bronze Investors in People award in 2011.

New scheme transforms more than 450 homes

New scheme transforms more than 450 homes

Nearly £1m has been spent this year on improving 447 homes in Derker, Oldham, which it’s hoped will cut energy bills and improve health.

First Choice Homes Oldham has so far invested £996,000 in a pilot scheme to trial new ways of helping customers who have problems with condensation, including those who haven’t reported any issues.

New homes boost for people in Oldham

New homes boost for people in Oldham

More than 150 new houses will start being built in Oldham in the next few months to tackle the housing shortage.

There are currently 20,000 people on the housing waiting list in Oldham. These new First Choice Homes Oldham developments in Coleridge Road, Sholver, and Acre Lane, Derker, will help provide much needed homes for local people.

Doorstep crime on the rise

Doorstep crime on the rise

Doorstep crime on the rise First Choice Homes Oldham has joined forces with Oldham Council to raise awareness of how to avoid falling victim to doorstep crime. There has recently been a large increase in doorstep callers who are signing up customers to make legal claims and saying they are workin...
A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham

A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham

A new start in life for rough sleepers in Oldham An Oldham housing association aims to turn around the lives of rough sleepers as part of a £1.8m Greater Manchester drive to help them off the streets. First Choice Homes Oldham is in a partnership of housing providers, charities and social investo...
Green fingered residents come together to celebrate!

Green fingered residents come together to celebrate!

This year’s Growing Together awards evening was another blooming success!

Customers from all over Oldham were brought together through their love of gardening and being able to brighten up not only their own gardens, but their communities too.

The event was organised by First Choice Homes Oldham in partnership with Oldham Council and held on November 7 at local venue Smokies Hotel. It recognised the talents and dedication of its green fingered customers.

Chief executive hands over reins to keep transforming lives in Oldham

Chief executive hands over reins to keep transforming lives in Oldham

Oldham has seen many significant improvements in housing during the seven years Chief Executive Cath Green has led the award-winning First Choice Homes Oldham.
Cath will have an impressive legacy when she leaves at the end of December, following the recent appointment of new Chief Executive Vinny Roche. First Choice Homes Oldham is the largest housing provider in Oldham, looking after 60 per cent of the social housing properties.

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