Council on fairer housing allocation
- 14 Jan
Camden Council has launched a meeting to ask for views on how it can make its housing register fairer to those in most need of a home.
The council is proposing to change the way housing association and council homes are allocated. It is considering whether local people who have lived in the borough for five of the last seven years, overcrowded families and those with young children need to be given higher priority, 24dash reports.
People who receive or give care and people who cannot be found homes will also be made priorities and helped to find alternative housing.
With many varied needs of different people in mind, the council has goals to reach a system that is fair, fit for purpose and enables the borough's communities to strengthen.
The development of these proposals has stemmed from the consultation feedback from over 450 residents and organisations.
Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Julian Fulbrook stated, "We can't house everyone who asks us to. Each year we allocate around 1,000 homes, but we have a waiting list of 28,500 applicants. With homes in such high demand, we have to ensure they go to local people who would benefit the most.
"Our proposals are a way of ensuring we have a housing register that works better for local people, overcrowded families and those with young children. Over the next 12 weeks I hope to see views from across our communities."
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