DISC Housing

We provide low cost homes for our service users. We offer accommodation in County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Hull, Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford.

A common sense solution

At DISC Housing, we’ve found a solution that means we can provide housing for people often considered by private landlords to be high risk.

People who are struggling with issues such as unemployment, substance misuse, domestic violence, mental health, physical disability, anti-social/offending behaviour, are leaving care, and have poor basic skills can find it very difficult to find a home. Private landlords are often wary of renting to them. DISC Housing has stepped in with a solution that bridges the divide.

DISC Housing – a growing portfolio

DISC Housing Co DurhamMost of our 200 plus lease agreements run between three and five years. However, this is flexible and will include specific break clauses and termination periods to suite the home owner and our own needs.

The DISC Housing team provide all of the property and intensive housing management functions for our properties and prides itself on the provision of high standard accommodation. We also work in conjunction with More Time UK Ltd.  DISC’s wholly owned trading subsidiary and social enterprise.

We offer accommodation in County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Hull, Sheffield, Manchester and Bradford. Through partnering with local support providers, DISC helps people develop their independent living skills and maintain their tenancy.

We’re passionate about giving our tenants a voice in the delivery of our service.

For further information please visit  http://dischousing.co.uk

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DISC Housing DarlingtonDISC Housing currently own 21 of the properties, together worth over £1,000,000. Since 2013 we have been in partnership with the Empty Homes Community Grant programme.
We have 204 beds in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties, 3 small blocks of 1 bedroom flats, 4 hostel-type provisions and 12 small HMOs/shared houses, We also manage two properties on behalf of Bradford City Council designated specifically for people with learning disabilities.

  • In 2014/15 DISC Housing successfully completed the refurbishments of 12 properties (21 potential bed spaces) through a second Empty Homes Community Grants scheme.
  • 65% of our tenants successfully moved on from our accommodation to longer term housing.
  • In a recent tenant survey -98% of tenants stated they are satisfied with the service they have received.

In 2015/16, we hope to become an investment partner with the government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). We are working to secure additional funding to help more people live in more homes.

Are you a property owner?

For property owners, we offer long term leases, competitive rents, guaranteed income regardless of occupancy as well as all property management functions. All of our properties are of a good standard and meet the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘Decent Homes Standard’ and are free from ‘Category One Hazards’ in relation to the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)

To assist landlords, we provide:

  • Rent bond guarantee
  • Early identification and resolution of issues
  • Support to tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities
  • Tenancy-ready training
  • Mediatory service for landlords and tenants
  • Tenancy set-up
  • Guarantee payment of rent and occupancy

DISC Housing We give landlords the confidence and support to let property to people they may previously have thought ‘too risky’. We can increase the much needed availability of properties for vulnerable clients. By supporting tenants and landlords to resolve issues, we decrease the number of clients who are evicted, thus facing repeat homelessness.

For further information please visit  http://dischousing.co.uk

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Sam Palmer of DISC Housing

 Sam Palmer, DISC Housing Quality and Tenant Performance Coordinator "I like my job because it gets me involved in all sorts of things from the compliance side of things to meeting our tenants and seeing how we;re doing and seeing the impact that DISC and DISC Housing are having. "They will come to us looking for some sort of support and we can provide that whether it's with the actual accommodation but also with DISC Independent Living who provide on… Read the full case study.