Homefinder UK

Homefinder UK is a national housing mobility scheme available to social housing landlords right across the UK. Delivered by Home Connections in partnership with House Exchange, this web-based housing mobility service enables applicants to look for homes nationwide or at least 100 miles outside their local authority area.

Since launch in winter 2013, over 15,000 households have registered for the service seeking a home. To date, Homefinder UK has successfully rehoused over 1000 homeless households into permanent social housing across the country. The service is funded by local authorities and housing association partners and currently, member landlords can advertise any immediately available properties on Homefinder UK for free. Uniquely, the service also offers mutual exchanges through integration with House Exchange and thereby gain access to the national Homeswap Direct service.

 

 

mother and daughter smiling together

 

 

 

Moving on: The reasons and outcomes - white paper

Earlier this year, the service published a white paper based on a survey of 690 homeless households that chose to rehouse nationally via Homefinder UK to avoid spending years on council housing waiting list. The survey’s findings offer sector-wide evidence and inform learning about social housing applicants’ attitudes towards moving out of their local area. You can access the white paper here.

Graphic for over 1000 homeless households moved into permanent homes

 

 

Homefinder UK offers the following type of schemes/properties:

check symbolImmediately available social housing properties - available to homeless households, households in TA, applicants for whom you didn't accept homeless duty, overcrowded families, victims of domestic & gang violence

check symbolMutual exchange

check symbolWheelchair Accessible

check symbolRetirement / Sheltered housing

check symbolRight to move - moving for employment purposes

 

front cover and pages of the 'moving on: the reasons and outcomes' white paper

 

Unique case management service

Revive highly commended by UK housing awardsHomefinder UK is the only national housing mobility scheme offering case management services to homeless applicants in the UK. Its unique case management service is available to applicants of all registered local authorities and housing associations for FREE. A highly trained team of case managers will:

  • Liase with applicants regarding areas of choice and chances of success
  • Match properties to applicants based on criteria provided
  • Assist with any further application/paperwork necessary to secure the property
  • Keep all parties informed throughout the moving process Assist in obtaining references, arranging viewings and more!

 

 

Revive – relocation for domestic abuse survivors

Homefinder UK also offers a specialised add-on service called Revive, dedicated to providing move-on housing options for domestic abuse victims and survivors. So far, Revive has helped over 100 survivors to flee abuse and find a fresh start in a new part of the country. The service was Highly Commended by the prestigious UK Housing Awards 2020 in the ‘Innovator of the year: Tenant services’ category.

Recently, Revive expanded its services to Scotland, in partnership with Wheatley Group. Revive Scotland aims to work across Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, providing support to women experiencing or threatened with homelessness, as a result of domestic abuse. Find out more about Revive and Revive Scotland here.

man using the hope app on his phone
Girl holding legs looking sad

 

 

 

Homelessness Reduction Act software

Uniquely, Homefinder UK now comes with our built-in Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) software called hope, meaning you can manage homeless prevention cases and your Homefinder UK applicants in one place.

We are currently running a special offer: purchase both hope to manage applicants on your own database and Homefinder UK and get a discount, get in touch for further information: landlords@homefinderuk.orgFind out more about hope here.

 

To find out more about how a partnership with Homefinder UK can benefit your organisation and your tenants, contact our team.

home connections footer