Herefordshire Council and its partners have changed the way that affordable housing is allocated to help provide homes for local people who have the greatest need. Changes will involve tightening up the qualification rules for applicants joining the housing register.
The new rules for qualifying for the housing register apply from today (9 July) and include:-
- a local connection to Herefordshire;
- the introduction of an income, savings and capital assets assessment;
- a reduced preference for those with a history of antisocial behaviour or housing related debt;
- changes to how housing need is assessed; only those with a reasonable preference can join the housing register
Jane Thomas, lead commissioner – housing partnerships, said: “We’ve brought these changes in to make sure that affordable housing in Herefordshire benefits those who live or work in the county. This includes supporting the local armed forces community and recognising local volunteers who contribute to the local community.
“We’ve also introduced a new online service to help people who are looking for advice on housing. It’s called Enhanced Housing Options and will help signpost people to information and advice including whether they may be eligible for affordable housing before they complete an application form.”
For more information, contact Home Point on 01432 260300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into The Hereford Centre, Franklin House, 4 Commercial Road, Hereford.