WHAT DOES THE EVANGELICAL HOUSING ASSOCIATION DO?
Since its inception in 1974, the Evangelical Housing Association (EHA) has been providing housing for retiring ministers and missionaries from FIEC and Grace Baptist churches to rent at a reasonable cost.
When pastors retire some are not provided with housing by their churches, so find themselves without anywhere to live. The EHA works with these individuals and their spouses to provide a home for them in their retirement. Although the increasing trend for church pastors to own their own homes is to be welcomed, there is a continuing need for EHA to provide housing. They offer support to those approaching retirement through purchasing and managing the rentals of suitable properties.
Peter Buckle is a retired pastor of FIEC churches in Lancashire and Norfolk. He and his wife Anne are one of several individuals and couples who have been helped by EHA.
“We did not imagine that when we stopped working we would be living in a new build bungalow in such a beautiful location on the edge of the Lake District,’ says Peter. ‘We have lived very happily here for over five years…..The Lord certainly kept the best till last. Of all the properties we have lived in during our married life this is the best.” Peter Buckle, retired FIEC pastor
HOW IT WORKS
The EHA doesn’t hold a stock of properties, but will buy a home as near as possible to where a retiring applicant would like to live, subject to price and availability. Ideally, having several years’ notice of a forthcoming retirement is helpful to assist the EHA management committee with planning and budgeting.
The stages of the process:
- Applicant registers with EHA
- An expected retirement date is given
- An area of the UK they would like to live in is identified
- EHA buys a property
- A below commercial rate rent is paid on that property and the tenants have security of tenure in retirement
Although EHA can take out some mortgages, because tenants pay rent below the commercial rate, this restricts the amount EHA can borrow on a new property. The balance of funding for the purchase of properties comes from the proceeds of selling vacant properties and from the support of trusts, churches and individuals.
If you would like to support EHA, either on a regular basis, with a one-off gift, or via a legacy, then please contact EHA Secretary via the FIEC office.