How we help clergy with retirement
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,
licensed lay and church
Church Army officers,
spouses/civil partners, widows
and widowers of beneficiaries,
those with non-stipendiary
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
> 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
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