Presentation on theme: "Jon Warner – Homechoice Manager"— Presentation transcript:
1 Jon Warner – Homechoice Manager Cornwall HomechoiceJon Warner – Homechoice Manager
2 What We DoHolding and Maintaining a Register of Housing Need in CornwallAdvertise Social Housing VacanciesNominate applicants from the registerAdvise on housing needs statisticsSignpost applicants to other servicesMajority of social housing to rent in CornwallService provided on behalf of Cornwall Council by Cornwall Housing Ltd
3 Applying Online – from home, One Stop Shops, Libraries By Paper application form availableVulnerable applicants – home visiting and extra assistance available
4 Assessing Housing Need Cornwall Homechoice Allocations policy, agreed by members.Assessment of applicants housing need in relation to their current housingTaking into accountSubstantial evidence of Risks to life or harm (A)Welfare issues caused by the property (A-D)Downsizing from social housing (B)Homelessness (B-C)Size of property/Household size (B-C)Disrepair (B-D)Needing to move nearer to give/receive support (C )To be nearer work (C)To be nearer training (C)
5 We will assess whether the applicant has a connection to Cornwall Cornwall ConnectionWe will assess whether the applicant has a connection to CornwallContinuous by choice for last 12monthsContinuous 5 yrs in the pastPermanent employmentClose family connection & family member currently resident and has been for 5 years continuousSpecial circumstances – eg exceptional need (medical treatment, Cornwall care-leavers living outside county)
6 Parish ConnectionsWe also assess connections of all household members to parishes within CornwallCurrently live for last 3 years or5 years continuous in the past orPermanent work orClose family 5 years
7 AdvertsApplicants can now look for suitable vacancies that match their household sizeAdverts run from Saturday to Wednesday midnight each weekCornwall Homechoice WebsiteNewsletter available in One Stop Shops and LibrariesParish ClerksExtra assistance available for vulnerable applicants
8 BiddingApplicants have to express an interest in any vacancies they are interested in ‘Bid’. Can bid on up to 3 properties each week.Cornwall Homechoice WebsiteAutomated Phone SystemAssisted Bidding
9 Shortlisting and Nomination Generally applicants in the highest band will be nominated to the landlord for considerationWhere there is more than one applicant in the same high Band it will be who has been in the Band the longestExcept…..
10 Shortlisting and Nomination Preference will be given to applicants with a Cornwall Connection within the same BandFor example an applicant with Cornwall Connection in Band B for two weeks will be nominated over an applicant without a Cornwall Connection who has been in Band B for two years.
11 Shortlisting and Nomination Parish connection applies to100%- Where there is less than 40 units of social housing50% of vacancies in other areasBut not Key towns e.g Hayle, Truro, Camborne, Liskeard etcFor example an applicant in Band C with the parish connection would be nominated over an applicant in Band A who does not have the connection
12 Shortlisting and Nominations New Build Properties/Section 106Granted with planning permissionNew properties will have criteria similar to the Parish Connection criteriaCriteria will stay indefinitely – re-lets
14 Hayle Homechoice stats – Sept 2014 Applicants with an assessed Local Connection to HayleBandTotalB69C112D68E310559Applicants with an LC who expressed a preference to live in Hayle4461 bed2 bed3 bed4 bed5 bed+28817072245
15 St Ives Homechoice Stats – Sept 2014 Applicants with an assessed local connection to St IvesBandTotalA6B72C98D61E365602Applicants with an LC who expressed a preference to live in St Ives5091 bed2 bed3 bed4 bed5+ bed33519257135
16 Changes to the Homechoice Policy Assets over £50k or income over £60k will not join.anti-social behaviour within the last 2 years will not be able to join the register;applicants who have not bid on any property for 12 months are removed from the housing register unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances;applicants are only able to bid for 1 property per advertising cycleapplicants who turn down 2 properties that are offered to them are removed from the housing register;to be allocated a council home or a home managed by one of our partner registered providers to which the Council has nomination rights, applicants must be able to demonstrate a 3 year local connection.those who have assets valued at over £50,000, or those who have an income of £60,000 or more will not qualify to join Cornwall Homechoice.in a tie break situation an applicant’s household income will come into play and preference will be given to an applicant whose household income is £30,000 or less, for homes owned and managed by the Council;other than in exceptional circumstances, a household where anyone has demonstrated anti-social behaviour within the last 2 years will not be able to join the register;applicants who have not bid on any property for 12 months are removed from the housing register unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances;applicants are only able to bid for 1 property per advertising cycle (previously 3) and that, unless there are exceptional circumstances, applicants who turn down 2 properties that are offered to them are removed from the housing register;to be allocated a council home or a home managed by one of our partner registered providers to which the Council has nomination rights, applicants must be able to demonstrate a 3 year local connection.
17 Contact Details Jon Warner – Homechoice Manager, West/Central Tel: