Housing and property

Since 2000 we have moved 64 families on to permanent accommodation. Today, working closely with SCDC, we currently house around 65 people in the village.

JHC has a stock of 24 almshouses in Sawston which are managed for us by Hundred Houses Society which is based in Cambridge. The properties comprise six 1-bedroomed, sixteen 2-bedroomed and two 3-bedroomed houses; each is available as temporary accommodation, generally for up to three years.

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Application process

Sawston residents and those with strong connections to the village are eligible to apply for JHC almshouses even if they are already on the SCDC waiting list.

JHC does not hold a waiting list so when a property becomes available it is advertised within the village.

Posters can usually be found in the Post Office, Council Offices, at the various schools in the village, Mary’s Greengrocers, Owl Cafe, Budgen’s notice board, via SCDC and at our offices. A notice will also be published on this website and on our Facebook page.

Then simply ring our office for an application form.

Applications are always assessed anonymously by a number of our Trustees and those shortlisted are then invited to attend an informal interview with representatives from JHC and King Street Housing Association.

Terms of residency

As mentioned above, our housing is only short-term. After a three year period our residents are issued with a notice to quit. At this point JHC support workers work closely with them to help find alternative accommodation.

Whilst in our properties, residents are encouraged to continue to link in with SCDC and to look for other long term housing options such as Housing Associations and private rental.

They must also remain on the SCDC Homelink list.

Other ways we may be able to help you

If JHC does not have any housing available, we strongly recommend that you still make an appointment with one of our support workers to talk through your housing options. If you are not currently registered with SCDC Homelink we can help you with this process and we can also help you look for an alternative form of housing.

If you have any other housing issues, our support workers may well be able to help you; please do not hesitate to give us a ring on 01223 492492 and arrange an appointment.

Once a fortnight, SCDC holds a housing drop in session here at the John Huntingdon Centre, 189 High Street, Sawston, between 10 am and 1pm on alternate Thursdays. A SCDC employee is available then to discuss any queries relating to housing, council tax, rent and Homelessness prevention advice. Ring us on 01223 492492 for details about the next session.


“The advice I received from Sarva was very honest and useful. Recent JHC client with a housing issue.”