THE WAY residents search and bid for social housing in Coventry is changing with the new ‘Homefinder’ system going live on Monday, September 13.
The re-registration process for more than 13,000 to get them onto the new platform is well under way with hundreds signing up.
The new-look Homefinder aims to make applying, searching and bidding for housing easier for residents.
Before the new site launches, those currently on the register need to reapply to make sure their details are up-to-date and their priority banding is correct.
Coun David Welsh, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “It’s more vital than ever the people most in need are housed in safe and secure homes.
“The Homefinder system and policy updates will make this process quicker and easier, as well as ensuring those in need are prioritised accordingly.”
The new website has been designed to make it easier to use with the council’s teams having simplified the application system into one singe form.
“We need everyone who is currently registered to reapply – this will ensure your registration date remains in place and make sure everyone is in the right band for their needs,” added Coun Welsh.
The new policy also sees some changes to applicant eligibility and the way people are banded. Those applying for homes must have a local connection (barring some exceptional circumstances) and earn, or have assets totalling, less than £50,000.
New categories such as living with friends or family, or experiencing financial difficulty in current properties, have also been added to the system.
Visit coventry.gov.uk/homefindersignup for more details about the changes, including a full question and answer section and ‘how-to’ guides.