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
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