A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations

Consultation opened on 28 September 2017. Closing date 21 December 2017 at 17:00.

Summary

This public consultation document sets out the Department’s proposals for changes to how social homes are allocated.

The draft Equality Impact Assessment considers whether the proposals would have a differential impact and in particular, an adverse differential impact on the categories of persons listed in Section 75, and any subgroups within those categories.

Documents

Consultation description

The NIHE’s Housing Selection Scheme has been in place, largely unchanged, since 2000.  Housing stress is affecting over 22,000 households in Northern Ireland and 11,000 households per year are considered homeless.

The Department recognises the need for changes to the current Housing Selection Scheme to make the allocations process more fair, transparent and effective for all.

The document sets out 20 proposals, which support the following five outcomes for the review;

  • a greater range of solutions to meet housing need
  • an improved system for the most vulnerable applicants
  • a more accurate waiting list that reflects current housing circumstances
  • those in greatest housing need receive priority, with recognition of their time in need
  • better use of public resources by ensuring the waiting list moves smoothly

Public Events

The Department will hold public events as outlined below to facilitate discussion on this document;

Venue Date / Time Event Type
Belfast Central Mission
5 Glengall St
Belfast
BT12 5AD
17 Oct 2017
10am - 12pm

17 Oct 2017
12pm - 1pm

17 Oct 2017
2pm - 4pm

Presentation
     
     
Drop-in
    
    
Presentation
City Hotel
Queens Quay
Londonderry
BT48 7AS
13 Nov 2017
10am - 12pm

13 Nov 2017
12pm - 1pm

Presentation
     
     
Drop-in
Omagh Enterprise Centre
Great Northern Road
Omagh
BT78 5LU
15 Nov 2017
10am - 12pm

15 Nov 2017
12pm - 1pm

Presentation
      
      
Drop-in
NICVA
61 Duncairn Gardens
Belfast
BT15 2GB
21 Nov 2017
10am - 12pm

21 Nov 2017
12pm - 1pm

21 Nov 2017
2pm - 4pm

Presentation
     
    
Drop-in
     
     
Presentation
Craigavon Civic Centre
66 Lakeview Rd
Craigavon
BT64 1AL
24 Nov 2017
10am - 12pm

24 Nov 2017
12pm - 1pm

Presentation
     
     
Drop-in

To book your place at any of the above events please notify the Department by email: allocations@communities-ni.gov.uk 

Ways to respond

Email -
allocations@communities-ni.gov.uk
Write to -
Social Housing Policy Team
Department for Communities
Level 3, Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
Belfast
BT2 7EG

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