APR 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Coventry Tenants To Get Hi-Tech Choices
has been awarded a grant to become one of the first cities in the
country to offer Housing Association tenants a hi-tech 'choice-based
city council is one of 27 local
authorities nationwide, and the only one in the West Midlands, to be
awarded Government money to develop 'Choice-based lettings' in the
allocation of properties owned by Housing Associations in the city.
of just being allocated a particular property by the Housing
Association prospective tenants will be able have some degree of
choice. They will be given details of the properties available and
the criteria for letting. They can then request to be considered for
selected properties they are interested in.
Coventry scheme will be piloted in Hillfields. The lessons from the
pilot will be used to develop a similar scheme for the whole city
over a two year period.
John McNicholas, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services with
special responsibility for housing, said:
am delighted that Coventry has been chosen and has been awarded £500,000
to develop the scheme. After the Council transferred all its
housing stock to Whitefriars, to achieve things in housing we
obviously have to work in close partnership with the Housing
Associations in the city. This is an early example of what we can
Rudge, Head of Housing Policy and Services for the City Council
an exciting prospect. The first task will be to develop a scheme
that will work in Hillfields with both local and city centre
outlets, where people can get details of available properties. New
technology will play a big part.
will need to "learn the lessons" from the Hillfields
scheme if we go city-wide and find ways of recognising that some
people have already waited a long time for properties that rarely
become available. In giving choice we don't want a chaotic free
for all and the award will give us the time and money to develop
the scheme in Hillfields will involve the five major Housing
Associations working in the area: Focus, Orbit, Mercian, Touchstone
and Whitefriars, but when the scheme goes city-wide it will involve
all 24 associations working in Coventry.
Sheail, the Regional Housing Manager for Touchstone, who has played
a key role in developing the pilot project in Hillfields said:
has always been at the fore-front of new ideas and we are looking
forward to being part of the project. We will be working closely
with the community to launch the scheme in Hillfields."
is planned that the project will use new advanced Internet
technologies such as XML and public access points.