Housing

To find accommodation in Bradford you can either:

  • rent private accommodation from a landlord or letting agency
  • buy a house using a mortgage

 or

  • apply for social housing from the local authority (Bradford Council)
  • apply for housing from a Housing Association

It is important to know your options.

It is also important to know what your rights are when you live in different types of accommodation.

If you are a refugee with a successful claim for asylum, you can get help from the Bradford Move On team.

Useful Housing List

  • Private Renting
    In this section, you can find out about: how to find privately rented accommodation your landlord’s responsibilities your responsibilities your rights your living conditions living in a shared house Finding […]
  • Council Housing
    Bradford Council provides homes through an organisation called Incommunities. The aim is to provide good housing with affordable rent, for people on low income. Be aware, there are lots of […]
  • Housing Associations
    Housing associations provide rented housing. The housing is similar to local council housing. This can be a good option for people on a low income. Housing associations do not make […]
  • Buying Your Own Home
    If you would like buy your own home, most people use a mortgage to allow them to borrow enough money. You need to have a job with a regular income […]
  • Asylum Housing
    If you are seeking asylum you may be living in a shared house or flat, or you may be living in a bigger building with other residents. Mears Housing Management […]
  • If You Become Homeless
    If you become homeless, or are worried you are going to be homeless soon, you should contact the Council’s Housing Options Team. They can help you find accommodation. If you […]
  • Paying Your Household Bills
    Some landlords may include some of your bills in the rent. If your landlord does not do this, you need to set up your utility bills when you move into […]
  • Paying Your Council Tax
    When you live in Bradford, you need to pay Council Tax to Bradford Council. The money is used by Bradford Council to pay for local services. (If you live in […]

Housing Maps Listings

AROUK – Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK

Notice:

This business is currently affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Quaker Meeting House, Russell Street BD5 0JB

Arouk is an international charity based in the city of Bradford.

It is led by people who now live in Bradford, after they or their families experienced persecution in Myanmar and refugee life in Bangladesh.

They advocate and campaign. They also run many community and fund-raising projects in the city, to enable people to integrate and thrive.

AROUK offers support and advice on housing, welfare, healthcare, schools and accessing immigration advice.

There is a Talk English club.

The Children and Families Service also runs arts and crafts for children, group activities for families, Rohingya life and cultural events and trips out during school holidays, as well as home visits for the needs of the family.

This Listing was last updated: 19 February 2021

Horton Housing Volunteer Services

Bewick House, 16 Eldon Place BD1 3AZ

Horton Housing provides housing, training and support services.

They want volunteers now, to be befrienders for the Connecting Opportunities service.

They will be looking for more refugees and other migrants with lived experience to join the volunteer programme, when their training centre re-opens.

This Listing was last updated: 17 February 2021

Housing Options Service

Notice:

During Covid-19, phone first to check.

Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HS

To visit, use the entrance on the corner of Bridge Street and Broadway.

This Listing was last updated: 17 February 2021

Salvation Army

226 High St, Wibsey, Bradford BD6 1QP

The Salvation Army is a Christian charity. We offer a safe, supportive environment for individuals, helping them make positive choices about their current circumstances.

The Orchard has three separate projects : the Lifehouse; Bradford Day Shelter; Bradford Orchard corps.

The Bradford Day Shelter provides a drop-in service form men and women who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. We support our service users in making changes and moving forward in their lives.

The Orchard Lifehouse is a “home on the way to home” for single men. We provide a safe, supportive community on the journey towards independence. Whilst there is no restriction on how long a person can reside, clients typically move on within two years.

The Bradford Orchard Corps is a Christian community which supports our service. It includes a chaplaincy for any person linked to the service

This Listing was last updated: 30 March 2021

In Communities

Incommunities, Victoria Street, Shipley BD17 7BN, UK

Our vision is ‘Improving lives Incommunities’. That means providing great homes in great neighbourhoods and helping people build better lives for themselves.

We are one of the largest social housing providers in the UK and formed in 2003.  Local social housing was transferred to us, from Bradford Council.

Our main business is to provide and maintain affordable high quality housing for our neighbourhoods. We have invested over £400 million in modernising our customer homes and built over 700 homes for rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

This Listing was last updated: 5 March 2021

Homelessness and Universal Credit advice and support

Devonshire Street, Keighley
This Listing was last updated: 19 February 2021

Horton Housing

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Click here for service updates during lockdown.

Horton Housing Association Chartford House, 54 Little Horton Lane Bradford, BD5 0BS

Services in Bradford:

Bradford Homeless Partnership
Temporary and emergency accommodation for people in the Bradford District who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Bradford Respite and Integrated Care and Support Service (BRICSS)
A home from hospital service for people who are homeless or inadequately housed.

Community Support Agency
Support at home for people experiencing mental health problems

Connecting Opportunities
Working with new migrants to develop skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community

Co-ordinated Advice Support Tenancy Ready Service (CASTRS)
A drop-in service to help with applying for benefits, form-filling, searching for jobs and training.

Group Living Services
Accommodation for young people and care leavers, including unaccompanied asylum seekers, aged between 16 and 18 years old.

Intensive Housing Management (Bradford)
Accommodation in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley for people who have support needs and may find it difficult to access mainstream housing.

New Communities
A partnership approach to provide housing, healthcare and wrap-around support to help refugees settle into their new life in the UK.

NewStart
Supported accommodation and support at home for high risk male offenders and ex-offenders aged 16 and over who have a high degree of housing need and are at risk of re-offending.

STAY at Home (Bradford)
Housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Bradford.

STAY at Home (Keighley)
Housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Keighley.

STAY in Boldshay / Assisi
Accommodation and housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

STAY in Grattan
Accommodation and housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.

STAY in Millhaven
Accommodation and housing-related support for people with multiple or complex needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Bradford and Shipley. Our hostel in Bradford is for women only.

This Listing was last updated: 17 February 2021

British Red Cross – Bradford

Notice:

During Covid-19, the Red Cross Drop-In is closed.  But you can still get in touch if you have an enquiry, or if you need support. See contact details below.

Millside Centre, 131 Grattan Road, Bradford BD1 2HS

Destitution Drop-in is a welcoming and safe space for asylum seekers to get advice, use computers and meet others. Normally the Drop-In is open every Tuesday at the Millside Centre, 131 Grattan Road, Bradford, BD1 2HS from 10:00 – 14:00.

Also, there is the Move On service for newly granted refugees. Please contact Bradford Council for appointments on 07970 924368.

For urgent help outside working hours, call the Migrant Help free asylum helpline: 0808 8010 503.

British Red Cross assists asylum seekers and refugees to find a route out of destitution by:

  • providing short-term emergency provisions in the form of food vouchers, food parcels, toiletries and clothing.
  • reading through client’s paperwork and suggesting a course of action
  • referring/ signposting to solicitors and volunteer organisations that help people with asylum applications (and family reunion and welfare advice)
  • referring/ signposting to asylum support organisations (Refugee Action, Asylum Help)
  • referring clients to emergency accommodation providers (Hope Housing, Nightstop, LASSN Shortstop, Inn Churches)
  • referring/ signposting to Healthcare providers (GPs and dentists) and Mental Health Services and volunteer organisations promoting mental well-being (Bradford CMHT, Solace)
  • referring to orientation and befriending organisations (eg HALE, Refugee Action)
  • referring to specialist organisations who provide support for refugees and asylum seekers (Bradford Women’s Aid, Bradford Rape Crisis)
  • providing advice on volunteering opportunities with the Red Cross and signpost to Bradford Volunteering Centre
  • advising on English Classes and other Educational courses in Bradford (Bradford College, BIASAN, Refugee Action, Landmark Centre)
  • giving information about and referrals to other Red Cross Services such as International Family Tracing and Family Reunion Travel Assistance

Trained volunteers help:

  • filling in forms and providing information about housing, benefits, and asylum
  • making phone calls
  • finding a doctor, dentist or solicitor
  • providing information about jobs and courses
  • using libraries, museums, etc
  • using public transport
  • issuing food parcels and sleeping bags to asylum seekers and refugees who are destitute

Opening Times:

Tuesday: 10:00-14:00
This Listing was last updated: 22 February 2021

Bradford Nightstop

Notice:

Bradford Nightstop has paused its service during the Coronavirus crisis, but hopes to be up and running again soon. The email address continues to be monitored.

Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8BD

Bradford Nightstop provides free emergency accommodation for young homeless people aged 16-25 in the homes of trained volunteers or in a room at a local hostel. Our accommodation is for one night at a time. Young People are provided with an evening meal and the chance of a bath or a shower.

We are currently looking for volunteers: click here for details

This Listing was last updated: 16 February 2021

Hope Housing

Millside Centre, 131 Grattan Road, Bradford, BD1 2HS
Hope Housing is a homeless charity, with the aim of eradicating rough sleeping and homelessness in Bradford. They have supported accommodation in shared houses and single flats.  They also have destitute bed spaces for those who have no recourse to public funds, including people whose asylum claim has failed, and people from Eastern Europe. They provide specialist support for Central and Eastern European migrants who are homeless.  They run a drop-in session once a week, to support people in their application for Settled Status (EUSS).
 
Please see our referral page for more details.
Hope Housing are looking for volunteers.

Opening Times:

Monday: 09:00 – 16:30
Tuesday: 09:00 – 16:30
Wednesday: 09:00 – 16:30
Thursday: 09:00 – 16:30
Friday: 09:00 – 16:30
Saturday: 14:00- 16:00
Sunday: 14:00- 16:00
This Listing was last updated: 24 November 2020

Abigail Housing – Bradford

Notice:

Both the Refugee Housing Project and Destitution Project are still operating, with project staff working from home.

c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford BD7 1QX

Destitution Project: housing in Bradford for asylum seekers made homeless by negative asylum decisions. Contact: 07908 364112; [email protected]

Refugee Housing Project: Temporary accommodation, currently only in Leeds, for those with leave to remain whose Home Office support has just ended, and then help in finding suitable longer-term accommodation. Contact: 07743 189314; [email protected]

Volunteering Project: St Clair Brown; [email protected]

We are not recruiting any more volunteers at present.

This Listing was last updated: 25 March 2021

BEACON

Notice:

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the BEACON office is closed. Staff and volunteers are working remotely whenever possible. Please email [email protected] or call 07419 990578 for further information on service provision at this time.

c/o Touchstone, 4 Easby Road, Bradford, BD7 1QX

BEACON seeks to address the varied needs of asylum seekers who find themselves in the Bradford district. It is an ecumenical Christian response to the biblical injunction to welcome the stranger; it works with other faith groups and secular agencies to offer care and support to asylum seekers. It aims to encourage and enable the contributions of asylum seekers to the wider community.

BEACON’s current projects are:

  • McKenzie Friends are trained volunteers who provide moral support and informed help for those without access to legal representation, appealing against asylum decisions at Phoenix House Immigration and Asylum tribunal hearing centre, or wishing to make a fresh claim. 07531 576330 [email protected]
  • CHAT Phoenix House Volunteers offer a warm welcome, simple refreshments and signposting to asylum seekers waiting for their appeals to start at Phoenix House.
    07506 211756 [email protected]
  • CHAT English Club Asylum seekers and other non-English speakers can practise their conversational English in a friendly environment. Open to all abilities. Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00 noon at Touchstone (see address below) 07754 228569 [email protected]
  • BEACON Hosting Project provides short and medium accommodation for destitute asylum seekers within the homes of volunteer hosts. [email protected]; 07505 053149

07419 990578

Please contact us by phone or email, visits by appointment only.

Opening Times:

Tuesday: 10am-4.30pm
Wednesday: 1.30pm-4.30pm
Thursday: 10am-4.30pm
Friday: 10am-4.30pm
This Listing was last updated: 16 February 2021
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