Housing

How we help clergy with retirement housing     

We understand that retirement poses significant housing challenges for our clergy- above and beyond those that other pensioners may experience.

To help with this, we offer modest and affordable retirement housing to those who need our help, through the Church's Housing Assistance for the Retired Ministry (CHARM) schemes.

We offer more than just 'bricks and mortar'- we provide a range of support to our customers to ensure a smooth and easy transition from active ministry to retirement.

Who we help

Our customers are:

  • retired clergy,
  • deaconesses,
  • licensed lay and church workers,
  • Church Army officers,
  • spouses/civil partners, widows and widowers of beneficiaries,
  • those with non-stipendiary ministry service,*
  • Brothers and Sisters from other religious orders,*
  • non-clergy who receive a pension from the us (lay pensioners),*

*Supported housing and care home only.

Our housing types

We offer four types of housing:

> Shared ownership properties- for those who cannot afford to buy on the open market but have enough savings to buy a 25% share of a property, with us purchasing the remaining share.  Customers find a home on the open market and we share the purchase. 

> Rental properties- for those who don't have enough savings to buy a property through shared-ownership.  Customers choose from a portfolio properties that we already own within England and Wales.

> Supported housing- for those looking to live semi-independently.  Customers choose from 7 schemes in England. 

> Care home - for those needing care and/or nursing in a Christian environment or dementia care. 

Each option has its own eligibility criteria, including minimum type and length of service requirements.  

More information can be found within Your guide to retirement housing.

When and how to apply for help from us

If you are interested in shared owndership or rental properties, we can help you make plans for your retirment housing up to five years before your anticipated retirement date. 

The earlier you apply, the more chance you have of finding a property that suits you best. 

Find out whether we can help you, here.   

For more information call 020 7898 1824