How do I qualify to be a resident at one of your schemes? Lench's Trust caters for people of 55 years old and above. In the case of a couple applying for housing, both individuals would have to be 55 years old and above to meet the criteria. We also expect our applicants to have been living in Birmingham for at least the past 5 years or have a connection to the city, for example a relative who may be their main carer. As Lench's Trust is an Almshouse charity, we are only able to offer rented accommodation to those who qualify as being in financial need. If you own your own home or have a large amount of equity in it, unfortunately we would not be able to consider your application. If you have lots of savings you should contact us to discuss in more detail whether you would qualify.