Your local council for housing related advice and support such as what to do if you're at risk of homelessness, applying for council housing and claiming Housing Benefit. Contact your local council: Basildon Borough Council Braintree District Council Brentwood Borough Council Castle Point Borough Council Chelmsford City Council Colchester Borough Council Epping Forest District Council Harlow District Council Maldon District Council Rochford District Council Tendring District Council Uttlesford District Council Essex Housing Essex County Council is not a housing authority. However, we do have a programme of housing development. This programme is being delivered through Essex Housing, our in-house development arm. Essex Housing uses publicly-owned land to: provide new homes and community buildings improve local areas fund vital public services We work with various partners to good quality housing and community facilities across the county. You can find out more on the Essex Housing website.