The council no longer manages or provides affordable housing.
This is done by not-for-profit organisations called Housing Associations or Social Landlords. They sell or rent properties at a lower cost, than market prices and manage thousands of homes in this area.
The council operates a choice based lettings scheme, called Hampshire Home Choice, which all the housing associations with stock in the district are signed up to.
The aim of Hampshire Home Choice is to:
- provide a single system of allocations across the council areas
- provide a system that customers can understand and which is both open and fair
- increase the sustainability of local communities
- assist customers in the highest assessed need and reduce homelessness
- ensure that vulnerable customers are supported in being able to participate in the scheme.
To ensure that everyone is able to take part in the Hampshire Home Choice scheme a number of measures have been put in place to prevent vulnerable people from being disadvantaged.
Hampshire Home Choice will:
- provide appropriate advice and assistance
- translate key documents where necessary
- provide information in alternative formats where necessary
- develop partnership working with support agencies
- undertake monitoring and regular reviews of the sub-regional Allocations Framework
- offer assistance to customers who require additional help with the scheme
- implement a full monitoring system to ensure vulnerable people are using the scheme successfully
What is the bidding process?
Choice-based lettings requires vacant social housing properties to be advertised and invites customers to apply or 'place a bid of interest' on properties they would like to be considered for.
- The bidding process guide (pdf 369 kb)
If you would like to discuss a Hampshire Home Choice application, please contact the Housing Support Officers on 01730 234358 or 01730 234277.
You can see one of these officers during a drop in surgery Monday to Friday 9:30–12:30, at the council offices.