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Strategic Housing Service

 Worcester City Council is currently carrying out a Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey to review the current condition of the housing stock across the city. The findings from this survey will inform future policy and strategy for the Council’s Housing service. The project is being undertaken by Opinion Research Services, who are working on behalf of the Council. As part of this project, they may contact Worcester residents and ask them to participate. If you are contacted, please take this opportunity to participate and assist in identifying and developing our future policies and priorities.

The Strategic Housing & Community Activity Service has four service areas that have close links and working relationships:

  1. The Strategic Housing Service Area
  2. The Housing and Welfare Options Service Area
  3. Private Sector Housing Service Area

The Strategic Housing Service Area

The Council responds to national, regional and local priorities and ensures that sufficient multi-tenure housing is provided to meet the needs of a changing population.

The Strategic Housing Service Area works to provide affordable, safe and secure homes throughout the City.

This involves ensuring the delivery of more good quality affordable homes, making better use of the existing housing stock and facilitating better, more accessible, housing services and choice for residents.

To fulfil this role we are required to develop, implement and evaluate the success of housing strategies, co-ordinating the involvement of stakeholders and partners in the strategic process.

It entails building excellent working relationships with partner agencies to ensure that the quality of housing available is appropriate to the needs of current and future residents.

  • Manages and develops the Promoting Independent Living Scheme (PIL). Worcester City Council has a contract in place with Milbrook Health for works of repair or renewal in the private housing sector.
  • Effective action to increase homelessness prevention and helps vulnerable people to live independently in their homes.

Development of housing policies and strategies

The Housing and Welfare Options Service Area

  • Provides the statutory assessment of homelessness.
  • Provides temporary and emergency accommodation for homeless households where appropriate
  • Provides advice and assistance for non statutory homeless clients
  • Works to prevent homelessness through casework, advice and support
  • Develops a homelessness strategy and seeks resources to develop new services
  • The shared Countywide Choice Based Lettings Register Housing For You and Allocations Policy
  • Provision of the Integrated Gateways Service (IGS)  which aims to make a real difference for single homeless
  • South Worcestershire Discretionary Welfare Assistance Scheme

Private Sector Housing Service Area