Published Tuesday, 15 June 2021
The way in which Coventry residents search and bid for social housing is changing, and today (15 June) the re-registration process for over 13,000 people has begun.
Following updates to the Housing Policy last Autumn, a new Homefinder system, which aims to make applying, searching and bidding for housing easier for residents, is getting set to launch later this year alongside changes to priority banding to make sure that people are prioritised correctly.
Before the new site launches, those currently on the register need to reapply to make sure their details are up to date and their priority banding is correct by 6 September 2021.
Cllr David Welsh, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The new system and policy updates will make this process quicker and easier, as well as ensuring that those who are in need are prioritised accordingly. The new website will be much easier to use and bid for homes, and our teams have managed to simplify the application system to a single form.
“We need everyone who is currently registered to reapply – this will ensure your registration date remains in place and make sure everyone is in the right band for their needs.”
As well as making Homefinder easier to use, the new policy also sees some changes to applicant eligibility and the way people are banded. Those applying for homes must have a local connection (barring some exceptional circumstances) and earn, or have assets totalling, less than £50,000.
As a result, some people’s priority bands may change to make sure that those with the greatest housing need in the city, such as care leavers, are prioritised. New categories such as living with friends or family, or experiencing financial difficulty in current properties, have also been added to the system.
More details about the changes, including a full Q&A and how-to guides, can be found at https://www.coventry.gov.uk/homefindersignup