Our housing responsibility
We have some responsibility for housing even though we no longer own any housing stock.
Housing is divided into 3 teams:
- Housing options
We provide a full housing options service including homelessness prevention work, assessing homeless applicants, assisting rough sleepers and managing the housing register from which we nominate people to vacant housing association properties.
- Strategic housing
We assess housing need and supply to influence the market and provide access to all types of housing including affordable housing and private sector housing. We also develop, implement and monitor our Housing and Homelessness Strategies and other affordable housing related planning policies.
- Private sector housing
Using government housing grants and loans we carry out disabled facility works to all types of properties to enable people to stay in their homes for longer, provide advice to landlords and promote energy efficiency. We also offer advice and guidance to owners of empty homes. We have responsibility for issuing licenses for houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) and for taking enforcement action against landlords who do not maintain their properties to a safe standard.
Housing and homelessness strategy
We have decided to combine our housing and homelessness strategies.
This strategy covers the 2015-2018 period and provides a framework for housing activities and considers issues such as:
- the balance between housing needs and supply
- the local housing market
- local housing conditions
- what local action should be taken
- residents needs being identified and met in a timely manner
- improving outcomes for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
The housing and homelessness strategy provides the plan for meeting both our statutory duties (the things we must provide) and our other objectives. This involves working with partners to deliver a mix of high quality affordable homes in appropriate locations to meet local need and establish housing services that provide robust housing advice, prevent homelessness and help ensure a healthy and vibrant private sector.