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Call for people to help shape city housing strategy

Published Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Have your say on homelessness and housing in Coventry.

Tell us what you think about housing and homelessness in Coventry

Agencies that work with people who are homeless; housing developers; and benefits advice agencies are among the many groups being encouraged to have a say on a strategy that will set out a five-year plan to tackle housing and homelessness in Coventry.

People are being invited to give their views on a strategy that will aim to improve housing in Coventry and to also address growing concerns about the number of families and individuals who are homeless.

The consultation is from Tuesday 6 November to Tuesday 18 December.

In 2017/18 there were 557 households accepted as statutorily homeless in Coventry. The majority (69 per cent) of statutory homeless households had a dependent child or children and 50 per cent were female lone parents.

A major concern for the Council is to reduce the numbers of families who are in temporary accommodation.

Latest figures indicate that there are in the region of 350 families in temporary accommodation in the city.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “Our strategy aims to prevent homelessness and support homeless households. That’s why we are looking to review the Coventry Homefinder policy; and why we are working closely with stakeholders to identify every opportunity to make appropriate accommodation available.  

“There is a need for larger family homes and we need more new affordable housing that will help meet local needs.”

Cllr Ruane also said that licensing schemes that influence standards of private rented housing would also play an important role in tackling housing issues.

He added: “New policies are in place that address HMOs so more landlords now need a licence depending on the type of housing that they rent.

“Ultimately we must find a way of providing better ways to live in our city. We also must urgently find temporary accommodation that addresses the complex needs of many rough sleepers.”

Latest figures indicate that nationally only around 160-165,000 new house are being built every year – well short of the government’s target to build 300,000 new homes a year.

Facts about housing in Coventry

  • 57 per cent of housing in Coventry is owner-occupied; 25 per cent are private rented; and 18 per cent are rented via housing associations.
  • 14,000 households are registered on Coventry Homefinder, although only 14 per cent are three or more bedrooms.
  • The average property prices in Coventry is £187,785.
  • The average private rental price in Coventry is £645.

The Final Housing and Homelessness Strategy will be presented to Cabinet and Council in early 2019 and considered for approval by them.  

If people need any further information, or wish to submit comments by email, please contact: 

the Planning & Housing Policy Team, 024 7683 2226 or housing.strategy@coventry.gov.uk 

The online consultation is available at www.coventry.gov.uk/hhsconsultation

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