Local authority housing, also called council housing, are properties owned by your local council.
How to apply for local authority housing
You can apply through your local council. Essex County Council does not provide local authority housing.
Once you apply, your local council will assess your needs and decide if you're a priority for housing. If you are, you can join their waiting list, also known as housing register.
Contact your local council for information and advice.
Paying for local authority housing
You may be eligible for Housing Benefit if you live in a housing association home or if you rent privately, as long as you meet the criteria.
You can apply through your local council.
GOV.UK has more information on council housing, housing association and Housing Benefit.
Shelter offers information and advice on applying for council housing.