Most of the frequently asked questions and the services that we provide can be found in the Residents Handbook, however below are the three pertinent questions about living in our Sheltered Housing.

FAQs

What type of Agreement will I have and how secure is it?

The Charity  cannot grant tenancies to the residents living in our flats because the property is protected by a trust, like all Almshouses. The trust is there to make sure that the properties cannot be used for anything other than providing housing. Our resident have a license to occupy their homes; that makes them legal beneficiaries of the Charity and therefore entitled to live in our trust protected flats.

We issue a Letter of Appointment that sets out the rights and obligations of a resident.

We cannot ask a resident to leave unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as when they cease to be an eligible beneficiary of the charity or do not comply with the terms of the Letter of Appointment

 

Do I pay rent?

Instead of paying rent, residents are asked to make a weekly maintenance contribution which has to be paid monthly in advance.

 

What does the weekly maintenance contribution charge cover?

  • Contribution towards central staff and administration costs
  • Heating and hot water of communal areas
  • Maintenance and redecoration of buildings
  • Cleaning of communal areas
  • Lighting in communal areas
  • Upkeep of the gardens
  • External cleaning of windows
  • Building insurance of the schemes
  • Maintenance of lift, entry phone system, TV aerial system, fire system and appliances
  • Laundry facility
  • Scheme Manager’s time in administering these services

Heating Charge

A Heating Charge is charged to cover the heating and hot water that is provided in the flats.

In addition, residents pay their own domestic electricity (lighting, cooking and other appliances), the cost of their telephone, their council tax and other living expenses.

 

Can I claim housing benefit?

Residents can claim Housing Benefit, subject to status. It can either be paid to the residents or directly to the Charity.

The weekly maintenance contribution is eligible for Housing Benefit however the Heating Charge is not.

 

 

 

Grants in October 2017

The October Grants committee is over and we have a list of new exciting projects that we support!

Find in the Resources a list of who we support, what the money will be spend on and how much we put in.

The next grants deadline will be in January 2017, we will announce the deadline in the next days.

 

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Will you join us as a Community Trustee?

This year we are looking for local people to join our board as trustees to make sure we are in a strong position to embark on the next 400 years of serving the people of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups are currently under-represented on the charity’s board.

We would like to find people who are:


– Able to apply their experience of life, their skills and their local connections to the work of the charity

– Committed to making a difference to their local area

– Good listeners

– Team players

– Curious and inquisitive

– Willing to ask questions and to express a view

– Able to offer a time commitment of 8 evening meetings a year

 

 

Does this sound like you? If it does, we would love to hear from you!

Please contact Jocelyn to talk about what being a trustee involves
and how you might help us and your local community

07976 395688 or jocridley@jmrc.co.uk

 

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Merry Christmas!

We at Hammersmith United Charities wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our office reopens on the 2nd of January – enjoy the holidays!

This is a portrait of Bishop John King, painted this year by Matthew Cook for the Charity. Bishop John King (after whom King Street is named) made one of the two original gifts which formed the basis of the charity, one branch of which eventually became known as Hammersmith United Charities.

The Bishop – a committed Calvinist – had a wide ranging career which took him from preacher to the City of York to Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford before finally becoming Bishop of London in 1611. He made his gift of £20 to buy land to benefit the poor of Fulham in 1620.
Dr Thomas Edwards made his gift of £100 to buy land in 1618 – and it is the 400th anniversary of that gift and its remarkable and enduring legacy which we will be celebrating next year.

 

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New Grants Deadline

The next grants deadline will be the 10th January!

The next grants deadline will be the 10th January! Find our application form and entry requirements here. Contact Melanie Nock if you would like to talk to us about your idea or your application.

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