Housing Association are independent, non-profit-making organisations, which provide homes for people to rent, buy or both. They offer a range of accommodation across Birmingham for all kinds of people such as homes for older people, sheltered housing, accommodation for younger people and housing for vulnerable people with specific needs. They are usually part-funded by central government and work closely with local councils to help house people who are on the housing register list as well as people who apply to them directly.
Half of their accommodation is set aside for people on Birmingham City Council's Housing Register. The remaining properties owned by housing associations are given to people who have applied directly to them. Some advertise their vacant properties together and operate their own bidding system
You would like to contact Housing Associations directly. Some Housing Associations allow new registrations for only a short period of time and can close their register at any time without warning.
A number of registered social landlords advertise their properties using a bidding system on Homes Direct. Properties outside of Birmingham are also advertised but you may have a reduced priority if you bid on a property outside of Birmingham.