New social housing allocation scheme launches in South Worcestershire
Wychavon, Worcester and Malvern Hills District Councils have joined forces to launch a new scheme to allocate social housing across the three districts. 'Housing for You' (www.housingforyou.co.uk) replaces Home Choice Plus, the current allocation system.
The move will affect over 9,000 people in South Worcestershire who are currently on the Housing Register. The new policy for the allocation of social housing has been drawn up following extensive consultation with people on the Register and local social housing providers, including Rooftop Housing Group and Platform Housing Group.
" 'Housing For You' will give residents a single point of access to apply for affordable housing across Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon – and means they will have access to a much wider choice of properties across the whole of South Worcestershire," says Cllr Lynn Denham, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council's Communities Committee.
Stephen Gabriel, Director of Housing and Communities for Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils, added: "This new system will allow us to prioritise those most in need and make it easier for us to work with households to prevent homelessness."
Under the new scheme households which are threatened with homelessness will be eligible for the highest banding if they are willing to work with a Housing Officer. Under the former Home Choice Plus system, the highest banding was only allocated once a household has actually become homeless.
Applicants in the highest three bands who refuse a suitable offer of accommodation will see their priority banding reduced.
Bidding will begin on Housing for You from 3 November 2020.