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Coventry Homefinder

Proposed change - who can apply for housing (qualification criteria)

  • To change the qualification criteria so that only households with an assessed housing need and local connection to Coventry can apply. This means if a household is ‘adequately housed’ they will no longer be able to register on Coventry Homefinder.
  • To continue to allow applications from people with a housing need but no local connection to Coventry but only in exceptional circumstances.
  • To reject applications from households with no housing need and no local connection to Coventry.
  • To add an asset/income cap to the qualification criteria.

Note: Unsuccessful applicants have a right to request a review.

What does the current policy say?

  • The current policy allows households with no housing need to apply. Currently people are either placed in band 3a or 3b depending on their local connection to Coventry.
  • The current policy allows all households with a housing need but no local connection to apply. These applications are placed in band 3a.
  • The current policy allows households with no housing need and no local connection to apply. These applications are placed in band 3b.
  • The current policy does not have an asset/income cap.

Why change?

  • To focus Coventry Homefinder on supporting those people with the greatest housing need.
    Note: If the banding system is changed there would need to be a comprehensive review of all Housing Register applications to reassess them. Although the date of application will be retained, some applications may be placed in a different band with an increased or a reduced priority or may no longer be able to remain on the register if they are adequately housed. Under the proposed changes there will be priority given for people in ‘low housing need’. It is expected that many people registered in 3a will have an assessed housing need.
  • To focus Coventry Homefinder on supporting those people with the greatest housing need.
  • The shortage of housing stock means that households in band 3b are rarely offered a property. If they are, it’s normally smaller accommodation such as studios or 1 bedroom flats.
  • To identify and separate those with the means to house themselves from those who can’t. One exception to this could be people who wish to register for age restricted accommodation or sheltered housing.

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