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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

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