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Prioritising Applications

Priority Bands

Each application is assessed and the applicant(s) will be awarded a priority band according to their current circumstances. The scheme uses 6 Bands – A to F, with Band A being the highest priority.

BAND A

The main group in Band A are:

  • Homeless applicants where there is a statutory duty to provide housing by Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council or Wyre Borough Council

Other applicants to be placed in this band must be able to demonstrate a local connection and at least one of the following …

  • Be a vulnerable person, who faces imminent discharge from hospital or temporary residential care and for whom there is no suitable accommodation to return to
  • At the discretion of MyHomeChoiceFyldeCoast, have exceptional circumstances including being in immediate danger, for example, of physical violence

BAND B

To be placed in this band, applicants must be able to demonstrate a local connection and one of the following:

  • Occupy a property where category 1 hazards have been identified by Environmental Services and in relation to which the landlord has failed to take the required action
  • Live in a property, which one of the Partner Organisations requires to be demolished or vacated
  • Are an existing tenant of a partner within the Fylde Coast area who under-occupies their existing house and is looking to move to a smaller, more suitable property. This also applies to applicants no longer in need of a property with a disabled adaptation. (This will only apply if the under occupation has arisen after the start of the tenancy, e.g. because some people in the household have moved out.)
  • Need to move because of urgent medical or disability reasons and there is a medical assessment that current housing conditions are having a serious detrimental impact on the applicant or members of the applicant’s household’s health or ability to live independently. The assessment will consider the applicant’s (or member of the household included in the application) medical condition, the effect their property has on that condition and how moving to an alternative property could help that condition.
  • Armed Forces Personnel, who are currently serving or have served in the last five yearswho need to move and meet one or more criteria from Band D
  • Need to move because of urgent social or welfare reasons. This can include but is not limited to:

           -the likelihood of admission to residential care or hospital if not re-housed

           -the likelihood of a child being accommodated by the Local Authority if not rehoused

           -the need to give or receive essential care and support.

  • Have a serious risk of harm in their present accommodation. This can include but is not limited to:

           -victims of domestic abuse, serious harassment including racial or homophobic, crime,

           -serious anti social behaviour and witnesses of crime

  • Are in a priority need group as outlined in the section 189 of the Housing Act 1996 and as amended in the legal provisions of the Homelessness Act 2002 and are potentially homeless through no fault of their own. This priority will only be awarded by the relevant Local Authority once evidence has been verified and the applicant is co-operating with the local authority to prevent their homelessness.
  • Are unintentionally overcrowded in their current accommodation and in need of 2 or more additional bedrooms.
  • Leaving Local Authority Care from the relevant Local Authority with appropriate tenancy support where there is a statutory duty to provide housing under the Leaving Care Act 2000.
  • Are rough sleeping, threatened with or have a history of rough sleeping and are supported and referred by the Housing Teams of Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council or Wyre Borough Council
  • Currently living in supported housing or rehabilitation and are ready for independent living as agreed by the provider and tenancy support (as appropriate) is in place, if required.

BAND C

To be placed in this band, applicants must be able to demonstrate a local connection and … 

  • Meet more than one criterion from Band D

BAND D

To be placed in this band, applicants must be able to demonstrate a local connection and one of the following …

  • Need to move because of medical or disability reasons. This is because there is a medical assessment that current housing conditions are affecting the health or ability to live independently but there is no serious detrimental impact. The assessment will consider the applicant’s (or member of the household included in the application) medical condition, the effect their property has on that condition and how moving to an alternative property can help that condition.
  • Need to move because of social or welfare reasons, which can include but is not limited to:
  • Applicants who need to move to a particular locality within the borough to avoid hardship to themselves or others
  • Occupy a property where Category 2 hazards have been identified by Environmental Services and the landlord has failed to take the required action.
  • Are unintentionally overcrowded in their current accommodation and in need of one additional bedroom
  • Are assessed by Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council or Wyre Borough Council as being homeless but there is no priority need for housing
  • Are assessed by Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council or Wyre Borough Council as being intentionally homeless and there is no statutory duty to re-house
  • Currently reside in supported accommodation or rehabilitation and are not yet ready for independent living and have no tenancy support in place.
  • Armed Forces personnel, who are currently serving or have served in the last five years and meet the local connection criteria.

BAND E

To be placed in this band, applicants entering must be able to demonstrate a local connection and one of the following …

  • At least one adult member of the household is in full time employment either in the local areas or elsewhere.
  • At least one adult member of the household is contributing to the community through voluntary work.

BAND F

This Band is for applicants who can demontrate a local connection and:

  • Are adequately housed and are therefore in no housing need
  • Who do not meet any of the criteria within the abnds above
  • Who are currently suspended due to meeting the suspension criteria
  • Awaiting a decision on a holmeless application

This Band is also for applicants who are:

  • Armed Forces personnel, who are currently serving or have served in the last five years who cannot demonstrate a local connection.
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