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Home Connections has partnered with Call Credit Information Group to offer anti-fraud identification checks and tenancy fraud searches. Using an applicant’s name, date of birth and current address, the carefully tailored package will return a set of data that will flag up any suspicious activity at the very point of application.

Home Connections is a boutique housing solutions provider that specializes in delivering housing services and software to the public sector. Home Connections has a suite of prevention, assessment and homelessness recording tools and is behind the pioneering housing mobility scheme called Homefinder UK and the largest local authority lettings scheme in the UK – The Mayor of London’s Housing Moves scheme.

Home Connections has been at forefront of innovative housing software for 15 years and so it didn’t come as surprise when they decided to tackle social housing fraud by offering integration of tenancy checks at the point of application. Using their national mobility scheme to develop and test the fraud checking software into application form, they are now able to offer the latest innovation, which can be built into online application forms, CBL and other software, to local authorities and housing associations.

Batch testing of current housing register applicants or existing tenants with a more complex product to trace tenancy fraud is now also available.  Marina, Home Connections’s Project Manager says: “One Local Authority with a stock of 13,000 properties used the information from the service and recovered 30 properties in the first year, and 27 the following year.

Discuss and share your opinion on the new Identity Verification product at a free seminar on 19th of April 2017 at 12pm at Islington Council. Hear from Stephanie Toghill, Housing Investigations Manager at Camden Council, who will provide an update on Local Authority initiatives into tackling housing fraud.

Claim your free ticket for this seminar here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fraud-detection-why-prevention-is-better-than-cure-tickets-32654246731

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Presentations from our annual conference, Vision : 2020 are now available to download:

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Our recent Think Housing Research Report was unveiled last week to delegates at our annual conference where the three main political parties told us of their vision for housing in 2020.

The full research report offers new insight on issues around the housing crisis, Right to Move, the private rental sector, the quality of housing stock, the price of rent, and housing benefits.

The paper is now available for all to view by clicking here.

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CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: Ben Harris-Quinney (Chairman, The Bow Group), Lord Tope CBE (Liberal Democrats), Karen Buck MP (Labour), Alan Benson (Senior Manager – Housing Strategy, GLA), David Montague CBE (Chief Executive, L&Q), Steve Douglas (Partner, Altair), Dr Tim Brown (Senior Research Associate, De Montford University), Helen Cope (Housing Consultant), Terry Stacy MBE (Resident Board Member, Circle 33), Patrick Odling-Smee (Housing Consultant, RedQuadrant), Byron Vincent (Poet)

Our annual conference has been confirmed for Thursday 16th October at the Royal Over-Seas League. The theme for the conference is ‘Vision 2020‘, and asks the question Where will the housing sector be at the end of the next term of Parliament?

The programme for the day is below and more details van be found at our event homepage.

The Connected Housing Conference: Vision 2020
Thursday 16th October 2014
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, London SW1A 1LR

09:30: Registration Coffee/Tea/Biscuits 

10:00 – 10:05: Welcome

10:05 – 11:05: The Politicos

During the first session politicians and policy experts from the main political parties will explain their vision for the housing market and social housing in 2020 (the end of the next parliamentary term). 

11:05 – 11:25: Refreshments

11:05 – 12:25:The Experts

Expert practitioners, academics and housing leaders debate the points raised by the politicians and give their opinion on what needs to happen.

12:25 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 - 14:45: Workshops

The afternoon will start with breakout sessions covering best practice.

WORKSHOP: Best Practice for Housing – Scotland does it better for Homelessness, the Right to Buy and Funding Models. Speakers from Scotland and England & Wales debate different approaches.

WORKSHOP: The north-south debate: the private rented sector – what works and what doesn’t? Speakers from across the great divide.

WORKSHOP: The economics of social housing

A panel discussion will follow the workshops.

14:45 – 15:00: Refreshments

15:00 – 16:00: The Home Connections Leaders Debate  

16:00 – 17:00: The Reception – drinks and networking  

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The social housing sector has faced a series of tough challenges during the last few years. Changes to policy, legislation and regulation have followed in quick succession and altered the allocations landscape dramatically. Never has the old adage of ‘necessity being the mother of invention’ been more relevant as housing associations, landlords and local councils face challenges unique to their local demographic and housing.

A recent CIH policy briefing sponsored by Home Connections explores how providers and partnerships have responded by creatively amending their approach to allocations. In some cases the private market has shown a model for delivery, in other examples landlords have found more traditional ‘open house’ type approaches to be useful. The report provides many different, practical examples with helpful contact details for follow up. We believe it will make essential reading for anyone associated with social housing.

Home Connections was itself born into the allocations environment as an agent of change. We are a not-for-profit organisation committed to equipping everyone involved in allocations with the most efficient, practical software solutions designed to specifically meet the needs of the social housing community. Home Connections is delighted to sponsor this report which forms part of a broader CIH programme to support organisations in new methods of working and adapt working practices in a changing political and economic climate.

Links:
CIH Policy Briefing – New approaches to allocations
Learning from London’s regional allocations scheme

Homefinder UK

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2013
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NEWS RELEASE

12 September 2013

New opportunities for social housing tenants

Home Connections and House Exchange, part of Circle Housing Group, have launched a new national mobility website for social housing tenants looking for a new home.

Homefinder UK aims to support social housing tenants looking to move further than their immediate local authority area. Participating landlords are offering a wider selection of their properties, including those which are currently empty, giving tenants greater and more accessible options for moving home nationally.

Homefinder is also unique in the support package it will offer tenants following their move including advice and guidance around local services, personal budgeting and employment opportunities.

Homefinder is managed by Stephen Ellis, an experienced housing mobility specialist who previously managed the Department of Communities and Local Government’s Seaside and Country Homes, and the Mayor of London’s Housing Moves mobility schemes.  In launching Homefinder, Stephen explains: “Giving social housing tenants the opportunity to move homes more easily within the social housing sector is vital.  Homefinder aims to meet that need and is based on our unrivalled experience in managing local choice-based letting services and mutual exchange schemes.”

Homefinder is open to all social housing tenants who want to move whether it’s to be closer to family and friends, better employment opportunities or to find a property that better meets their personal and financial circumstances.  It is anticipated that tenants affected by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 may also use Homefinder to look for properties that they can afford.

The founding member landlords include the London Boroughs of Islington, Ealing, Harrow and Wandsworth, Barnet Homes, the City of Westminster, The Home Group, Circle 33, Peabody, East Thames, Mercian Housing and Amicus Horizon housing associations.  The choice of properties available will expand as more landlords register with the service.

Kevin Devlin, Managing Director of Mercian Housing Association, said: “We are keen to offer as much choice as possible to our tenants and one of the things that makes Homefinder attractive to us is the support tenants will get following their move.”

Ninesh Muthiah, Chief Executive of Home Connections, said: “There are real benefits for landlords joining Homefinder, including wider opportunities to advertise their homes, a reduction in the number of empty properties and enabling their tenants to take advantage of job opportunities throughout the country.”

Home Connections is delivering Homefinder in partnership with House Exchange on a not-for-profit basis.

For more information about Homefinder, visit www.homefinderuk.org

If you would like to speak to Stephen Ellis about Homefinder UK or have other media related enquiries please call Madeleine Tuinstra on 07850 514596 or madeleinetuinstra@hotmail.com.

 

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Wednesday June 12th 2013, Islington Assembly Hall

9-6.30

Session 1: National Mobility                                                        Book Now

Welfare Reform is proving a major challenge for Local Authorities (LA) and Registered Providers (RP). This opening session will update the LA and RP perspective and the opportunities provided by the National Mobility Scheme.

Ninesh Muthiah, Chief Executive, Home Connections
Mike Ward, Director of Housing Growth & Mobility, Circle Housing Group
Laura Johnson, Director of Housing, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

What you will get from the session:

  • Reportage from the National Mobility Scheme
  • Update on the challenges posed by inward and outward migration
  • Learn of new resources to support the challenge of welfare reform

Session 2: Social Value

As the social purpose of the public sector and the housing movement is placed under scrutiny like never before we review and discuss the Social Value Act through context and case study.

Will Nixon, Deputy Chief Executive, The Aspire Group
William Miller, Community Development Director, Amicus Horizon
Emma Morris, Managing Director, Beyond Youth 

What you will get from the session:

  • Gain insight on the Social Value Act and its potential
  • Hear inspirational case study of organisations ‘making a difference’
  • Learn how to promote the social value of what you do
  • How to create social value through the supply chain

Lunch

Session 3: New Delivery Models

With millions locked out of home ownership, huge challenges in meeting demand and soaring rents in the private sector, we look in detail how the sector is responding in both England and Scotland. From the g15 offer for ‘generation rent’, the opportunities provided by institutional investment and with borrowing headroom through the HRA enabling local authorities to build for the first time in many years this session looks broad and long.

David Bookbinder, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, CIH Scotland
Scott Dorling, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Dr Tim Brown, Director of Housing, Centre for Comparative Housing Research at Montfort University

What you will get from the session:

  • Insight on the financing and funding models to develop new build
  • Explore the issues arising from these new delivery models
  • Compare the approach between England and Scotland

Session 4: Leaders Debate

We will round out the day with a lively debate on the ‘burning issue’ of the day.

Neil Litherland, Chief Executive, Lambeth Living
Patrick Odling-Smee, Service Director Housing, LB Islington
June Barnes, CEO, East Thames

What you will get from the session:

  • Debate not heard anywhere else
  • Audience engagement and discussion
  • Lively and stimulating comment

Drinks Reception & Networking

 

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Prize giving

Home Connections has awarded a growing talent in social housing with the coveted Best Student Project on Allocations and Lettings award at De Montford University graduation week. The social enterprise tech company sponsored the award as part of its social commitment to nurturing new talent in housing.

Head of Business Joe McLoughlin presented the award to 26 year old Jo Evans. Jo’s dissertation focussed on the challenging and topical issue of the use of choice-based lettings systems by older households. Jo passed her MSc Housing Studies with merit. He says; “The wellbeing of social tenants is making headlines at the moment with the latest debate shifting to louise casey’s report on troubled families. So its timely that we’re honouring the importance of research in the choice based lettings domain. CBL has a key role to play in social mobility.” Jo says “I am inspired by the opportunities provided by choice based lettings. It has never been more important that social housing provides a platform for social mobility.”

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Annual Conference


Reform, Risk and Reward

At Home Connections 2012 we will cover and debate the issues that matter most in the housing sector and equip colleagues with insight, case study and practical advice to use in their work throughout 2012/13. || Read more

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Pop Up Breakfast

Home Connections recently launched the first of its series of Pop-Up Breakfast Seminars. Dealing with burning issues, these short-notice briefings get leading figures from the sector to debate hot topics and how best to respond. The first was hosted on the 25th January 2011 at the Guildhall, City of London with a representative sample of senior figures and officers from across London boroughs, London Councils and g15 registered providers. || Read more

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