Housing Eligibility-presentation from SHELTER

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Explanation of how housing law differentiates between different categories of people in housing need, and the duties Councils have regarding

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Housing Eligibility-presentation from SHELTER

  1. 1. Jackie LeesShelter London Advice ServicesHousing Options
  2. 2. Housing Options Family and friends Private renting Owner occupation Shared ownership Social housing Hostels Refuges Sheltered housing
  3. 3. Safety net accommodation Temporary accommodation for the homeless – homeless application Residential care through social services – community care assessment
  4. 4. Homeless acceptances England
  5. 5. Five tests of homelessness
  6. 6. HOMELESSNESS – legal definitionA person is homeless if there is nowhere in the worldthat :they have a legal right to occupy andis available for their whole household andis reasonable for them to continue to occupyA person is threatened with homelessness if they arelikely to become homeless within 28 days 6
  7. 7. QUIZ: Who is automatically in priority need?Can you identify the correct five cards?
  8. 8. Automatic priority need
  9. 9. Homelessness and allocations
  10. 10. QUIZ: Localism – which is true?1. Councils will no longer use temporary accommodation because they will only use the private rented sector to house homeless people2. Councils will have to house someone again if they become homeless after two years of accepting PRS housing3. The priority need categories are changing
  11. 11. PRSPostlocal ism
  12. 12. Access to ‘permanent’ social housing
  13. 13. Demand for social housing
  14. 14. Who gets social housing? You need to look at the local authority allocations policy – and remember, they are all different! Apply to join the housing register – bid or wait for offer
  15. 15. QUIZ: What difference does localism make?1. No difference at all2. Local authorities can choose who to allow onto the housing register3. Local authorities will have greater powers to suspend people on the housing register
  16. 16. LB Who is this for? ExamplesBarnetBand 1 People who need a home urgently Life threatening medical condition and cannot remain in own homeBand 2 People who need a home and do A working family with low paid something for the community jobs, with young children, who are about to become homelessBand 3 People who need a home but no A non working family with community contribution award three children in a one bed flatBand 4 People who need housing but have People who have rent arrears lower priority and people with no priority need as homeless
  17. 17. And what will you get? Lifetime or fixed term tenancy Social or affordable rent
  18. 18. Shelter London AdviceServicesProvide free, confidentialand independent housingadviceTo anyone who ishomeless or experiencinghousing problems withinthe London area
  19. 19. We can advise on:Tenancy problemsDisrepairIllegal evictionNeighbour nuisanceHousing benefit
  20. 20. Homelessness andunsuitable housingMortgage problemsPossession actionDomestic violenceHousing register
  21. 21. Surgeries for face to face advice
  22. 22. Any questions?

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