Between 22nd July and 21st August 2015 Home Options applicants, tenant groups, registered providers, support agencies, hostels and voluntary groups were invited to take part in a consultation on proposals for an updated Home Options policy. The consultation has now closed and the outcomes and responses can be found here.
An equality impact assessment is a process designed to ensure that a policy, project or scheme does not discriminate against any disadvantaged or vulnerable people. The council and Home Options scheme landlords are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in all elements of the scheme. This means that we seek to ensure that priority for housing is based on housing need and that housing policies are fair to all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
We want our services to be accessible to everyone who lives in Norwich and our most recent equality impact assessment, showing how we are meeting this objective can be found here.
Home Options is the way that people can apply for social housing (council and housing association/registered providers) and shared ownership in the Norwich City Council area. The scheme lets you apply for the home of your choice, instead of having to wait for an offer.
There is limited social housing to rent in Norwich and far more households are seeking homes than there are homes available.
Depending on your circumstances, it may be realistic to think about alternative options, like renting privately; finding shared housing, lodgings or supported accommodation; or staying at home longer than intended. We can give you advice and support to help you decide which housing option is right for you.
If you wish to discuss your housing options or apply for council housing in Norwich, please contact us in person at City Hall or by calling on 0344 980 3333. If you want to arrange to speak to us via an interpreter, please let staff know when getting in touch so that they can arrange support, or let us know via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
This will enable us to discuss and assess your housing needs and wants (what you want or wish for in a home is not the same as a need) and to examine the housing options available to you.
Due to the small amount of social housing and the large number of applicants you are unlikely to be housed through the housing register if you already have a suitable home.
If you already have a tenancy with a housing association or a council, finding a mutual exchange (someone to swap with) would be the best way to move. Ask your landlord for more advice.
It is important to understand that deliberately making your housing situation worse, giving false information or failing to provide relevant information will affect your housing application. The council will take action against anyone making fraudulent claims to secure housing.
If you want to purchase a home of your own, but can't afford to buy on the open market, Help to Buy could be your way onto the property ladder. The Government has created the Help to Buy scheme to help you take your first steps into home ownership.
There are a number of Help to Buy products designed to make buying a home more affordable. You can buy a home using one of the home ownership options, or rent a home at less than the market rent, allowing you to save for a future deposit.
Do you know the consequences?
Whether you're late making mortgage payments, or cannot make them at all, not being able to meet your mortgage payments can have serious consequences. It is important to be aware of these consequences before taking on a mortgage.
To find out more about how Home Options works please access the Home Options Scheme Guide.
To access the Home Options Allocations Policy 2015 please click here
To find out how to get help and assistance on the scheme please click here.