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 Welcome to Home Choice Plus

 

Consultation Update

Further to our consultation carried out in 2014, the Home Choice Plus allocations policy is changing.  The new policy will be effective from June of 2015. Some people who do not have a local connection to the Home Choice Plus area or have no housing need may no longer be eligible to join, or remain on, Home Choice Plus.

As part of the move to the updated policy, we require additional information from households who are currently registered with Home Choice Plus. Over the next few months, you will receive a two sided additional information form. It is important that when you receive this form, you complete it and return it to the District Council or Home Choice Plus agent who sent it to you  as soon as possible. Applicants who fail to return the form may find their application is cancelled.

NB DO NOT MAKE CHANGES ONLINE - THE FORM MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED.

If you are due to change correspondence address over the next couple of months it is important that you make sure to update Home Choice Plus to ensure post reaches the correct address. If you move to a different property you will need to complete a new Home Choice Plus form

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Home Choice Plus is the scheme used to allocate Housing Association properties across the participating Local Authority areas, which include:

The scheme gives applicants a single access point, meaning you only need to be registered once to 'Bid' on any of the vacancies advertised across any of the participating Local Authority Areas.

Other Options

Social Housing is in great demand and often people can wait a long time before being allocated a property through Home Choice Plus. We recommend that before you register with Home Choice Plus, you complete the Housing Options Self Assessment which will provide you with alternative options to Social Housing. This may mean being housed sooner. You can also complete this assessment if you have already registered with Home Choice Plus. To complete this assessment, please click on the links below:

For Worcester City, Wychavon and Wyre Forest applicants: Housing Options Self Assessment

For Bromsgrove applicants: Bromsgrove Home Options

Already a Social Housing Tenant?

You may be able to move more quickly by exchanging your home with another social housing tenant. To register to swap your home, please click on the link below to visit Homeswapper, which is a national mutual exchange scheme where you can find other social housing tenants in your area and elsewhere who also want to move. This service is free for most social housing tenants in the Home Choice Plus partnership area, but please look up your landlord on the HomeSwapper website to confirm.

Home Swapper

Refusing Properties through Home Choice Plus and Not Bidding

Applicants who have a more urgent need to move have been given higher priority on Home Choice Plus by being awarded the Gold Plus, Gold, Silver Plus and Silver bands. These applicants are expected to bid on all suitable properties that meet their housing need. If an applicant fails to bid on suitable properties or refuses the offer of a suitable property, then they may be placed in the Reduced Band (below Silver and above Bronze Plus). They will remain in this band for a period of 6 months and then be reviewed. Applicants can also request a review of the decision to award Reduced Band at any time by a Senior Housing Officer.  There are also other reasons why an applicant might be placed in the Reduced Band which can be found within the Home Choice Policy document.

Different rules apply to applicants in Priority Band and they will be given further details by their Housing Officer.

If you would like further information about the Reduced Band, please read the Home Choice Plus Policy or contact your local authority - contact details can be found by using the district links above.

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