From 1 November 2009, people over the age of 50 who are on the Dacorum Borough Council Housing List will have the chance to select their future home rather than be offered a property directly by the Council.
These applicants will now have choice and control over where they live by being able to apply for vacant properties, which Dacorum Borough Council will advertise widely each week. Those interested in applying for these vacant Council properties can view the list in the local newspaper (The Gazette), on the Council's website or by requesting a copy to be sent to them in the post.
The adverts will show a photograph of the property, will detail the rent, water charge, Council Tax band and Supporting People charge plus any adaptations such as a level access shower or ramps to help with specific needs.
Applicants can apply for any home to which they are matched. For example, a single person would not be eligible for a three-bedroom house. The successful applicant is the one with the highest priority under the scheme.
Councillor Margaret Griffiths, Dacorum Borough Council's portfolio holder for Housing said, "We need to allocate homes in a way that offers choice, meets people's needs and develops our community. This gives people a chance to be actively involved in selecting their future home. They can decide where they live, when they want to move, the type of accommodation and the area so that they can be close to their friends, family or any other support they need."
This local scheme, called 'Moving with Dacorum', forms part of the Government's plans for taking forward its Choice-Based Lettings policy and its aim is to have choice in place nationally by 2010.
Applications can be submitted:
by person at Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre
by telephone on 01442 867878
or access our website at www.dacorum.gov.uk/housing
PR 1621 28/10/2009 DBC
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