Croydon Council To Consult On Housing Allocation Changes

The future of how the Council allocates housing is being considered by the Council Cabinet on Monday 21 March. The aim is to launch a consultation. The report is a must read for anyone concerned with the housing crisis in the Borough.

Future Approach on Homelessness

The Council’s future approach to tackling increasing homelessness and expenditure on temporary accommodation will focus on:

  1. Homelessness prevention and intervention
  2. Proactively managing the supply of temporary accommodation

III. Prioritising homelessness prevention and introducing choice based lettings

The key actions will be:

  • Preventing homelessness
  • Sustaining tenancies
  • Placement in suitable private sector accommodation
  • Helping households to help themselves using behavioural insights- to find work and affordable housing
  • Purchase property
  • Modular homes
  • Benchmarking costs with Las
  • Keeping affordable leased properties #
  • Procure more direct lets
  • Regular occupancy checking
  • Making timely but robust decisions
  • Dealing promptly with arrears
  • Moves out into the private sector and social housing
  • Helping people to help themselves find work and affordable housing

The Cabinet is also considering the recommendations from the Scrutiny process with a view to a substantive response being considered at the Cabinet meeting on 20 June.

The Cabinet report is downloadable here:

CAB20160321_07_01_Housing_Allocations_Scheme_Report

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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