There is significant ongoing housing demand, including a need for affordable homes, leading to high house prices and high rents. There is an anticipated rise in overcrowding, stress and family breakdown as a result of lack of affordable choice within the housing market.
There is an expanding private rented sector including Houses in Multiple Occupation – a sector displaying some of the worst conditions detrimental to health (category 1 hazards).
There is growing fuel poverty and wider financial exclusion/poverty, especially after housing costs are factored in, as a result of ongoing economic slowdown and welfare reform.
There is a rising need for aids/adaptations and ‘stay at home’ services to support independence aligned to an ageing population.
There is a growing need for older people’s housing options/choices, including better information and advice.
There is rising homelessness and use of emergency temporary accommodation and a need for more specialist temporary provision for particular groups as an improved pathway to independent living. The City Partnership to Prevent Homelessness Strategy 2013 - 2018 highlights a range of information about homelessness within the city and identifies priority areas:
Enable people to avoid housing crisis through integrated early intervention and prevention approaches
Ensure trusted, timely and accessible housing information and advice is available so people can make informed housing decisions and plan ahead
Ensure the supply of, and fair access to, accommodation sufficient to meet housing needs
Ensure people with housing support needs have these needs fully assessed and have access to the services to help sustain independent living
There are ngoing and increasing disparities in housing related outcomes for certain groups, such as Roma Gypsies and Travellers.
The City of York Council website has a range of information about housing which includes informaiton about homelessness and can be accessed here.
City of York Council operate a Housing Week each year. Information about the 2012 and 2013 events can be found here.
Information about the 2014 Housing Week programme will be available soon on the City of York Council Housing Week web page. The 2014 Housing Week is scheduled to run between 3rd - 7th November.
A range of initiatives are in place or being put in place which include:
- Deliver the Get York Building programme including ambitious housing supply targets through the draft Local Plan, a programme of new council homes and planning for additional provision for Roma Gypsy and Travellers.
- Continue to expand the Yorhome social lettings agency to increase access to the private rented sector for low income and vulnerable households.
- Continue to ensure best use of the existing housing stock by tackling long term empty homes, promoting downsizing and implementing loft conversions
- Ensure York households, particularly those with the worst energy efficiency, take full advantage of opportunities presented by the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation funding.
- Fully implement the landlord accreditation scheme to maintain and improve standards in the private rented sector
- Continue to target fuel poverty through targeted interventions and wider financial inclusion initiatives and programmes.
- Deliver better housing advice and information to older households and those with specific needs to ensure these households are aware of their housing options and can plan ahead to avoid a housing crisis.
- Ensure all new homes are built to lifetime standards so that they are suitable for an ageing population and the increasing number of households with disabilities.
- Continue to deliver a range of ‘stay at home’ services, including aids and adaptations and practical help (handyperson services) within the home.
- Complete reviews into sheltered housing with extra care and implement the new model of provision for elderly person’s homes.
- Ensure closer working between social care commissioners and housing, ensuring a joined up approach to housing options for people who do not meet the criteria for housing solutions for those with learning disabilities.
- Sustained and enhanced focus on early intervention and prevention to minimise those presenting and accepted as homeless
- Implement the financial inclusion action plan and wider anti poverty work to mitigate against the impacts of welfare reform on poorer households and prevent a housing crisis
- Ensure a more robust hospital discharge protocol for homeless households to reduce delayed discharge and re-presentations.
- Plan for the provision of specialist temporary accommodation for young people on remand, young pregnant woman, more second tier temporary accommodation and more appropriate accommodation for those with mental health and complex needs.
- Complete a mental health audit across provider services to gain a better picture of those presenting with a mental health issue.
- Improve links between housing providers and mental health teams; ensure individuals have a smooth transition between services, and are able to access joined up support in their existing accommodation.
- Assess the need for further supported accommodation for those with a substance misuse issue as part of the re-settlement route.
Government (2013) Private renting – Houses in Multiple Occupation
Private renting – Houses in Multiple Occupation
City of York Council (2013) Get York Building
Get York Building
Government (2014) Green Deal: energy saving for your home
Green Deal: energy saving for your home
Government (2013) Help from your energy supplier: the Energy Company Obligation
Help from your energy supplier: the Energy Company Obligation
City of York Council (2008) Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey 2008
Private Sector Housing Stock Condition Survey 2008
City of York Council (2014) Draft Local Plan
Draft Local Plan
City of York Council (2014) York Housing Strategy
York Housing Strategy
City of York Council (2014) York Older People’s Housing Strategy
York Older People’s Housing Strategy
City of York Council (2014) York Private Sector Housing Strategy 2008-2013
York Private Sector Housing Strategy 2008-2013
City of York Council (2013) York Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018
York Homelessness Strategy 2013-2018