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How do we prioritise your application

The NYHC Allocations Policy is framed to support those in greatest housing need and consideration will be given to those that come within the reasonable preference category in line with legislation, The Housing Act 1996 s.167(2) Homelessness Act 2002 Localism Act 2011 and the Homeless reduction Act 2017. These are

  • people who are homeless within part 7 of the Housing Act 1996
  • people occupying unsanitary or overcrowded housing or else living in unsatisfactory housing conditions
  • people who need to move on medical or welfare grounds (including grounds relating to a disability)
  • people who need to move to a particular locality in the district of the housing authority, where failure to meet that need would cause hardship (to themselves or to others)

North Yorkshire Home Choice will also give additional preference to Armed Forces who have urgent housing needs and approved foster carers who need a larger home to accommodate a child. For full details and the criteria to qualify please refer to the allocations policy document

How will we prioritise applications?

Applicants are placed in one of 4 bands according to their circumstances. These are:

  • Emergency
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

Emergency band

This band is intended to meet the needs of applicants in extreme circumstances only. It will only contain a small number of applicants at any one time and is subject to a time limit.

  • unable to return to their home from hospital because their current home is permanently unsuitable
  • unable to access key facilities in their home without major adaptation works
  • Only applicants with a local connection to the partnership area will be considered for the emergency band.

Gold Band

  • care leavers, with an agreed support package
  • applicants who need to move on from an approved accommodation based supported housing scheme
  • under-occupiers of a local authority or housing association property in the partnership area who want to move to a property with at least two fewer bedrooms
  • statutory homeless households  -final stage main duty owed
  • homeless households priority need - relief stage
  • applicants who are overcrowded and require 2 or more bedrooms
  • applicants with a serious and enduring illness whose health and/or well-being is significantly compromised by their home or environment
  • applicants who need to move to relieve a proven hardship

Silver Band

  • applicants who have a health or well-being issue, which will be removed or improved by moving
  • homeless households - relief stage no priority need - final stage no main duty owed no priority need or found intentional
  • households threatened with homelessness  - prevention stage
  • applicants who are overcrowded and require 1 more bedroom
  • applicants whose home lacks basic amenities or have to share facilities with other households
  • under-occupiers of a local authority or housing association property in the partnership area who want to move to property with one less bedroom
  • applicants from foster carers, those approved to adopt, or those persons being assessed for approval to foster or adopt, who need  a larger home in order to accomodate a looked after child or a child previously looked after by a local authority.

Bronze band

  • Applicants who have been assessed as being adequately housed with no priority housing need