A scheme has been launched to tackle the housing waiting list in the Cotswolds.
Cotswold District Council is launching the scheme aimed at encouraging private landlords to work in partnership to help alleviate homelessness and reduce the local housing waiting list.
There are currently 1,859 people on the council’s housing waiting list.
The district council will be holding a special event to launch the scheme next week in Cirencester.
During the event, the council will outline a range of benefits being made available to private landlords who rent out their properties to families or individuals who are either likely to be, or are currently homeless.
The council is one of a consortium across Gloucestershire using government funding from the private rented sector access fund to help people off the housing waiting lists and into private rented accommodation.
It is hoped private landlords will attend the working brunch forum to find out more about the tenancy support package and its proposed benefits.
Housing property manager Chauncy Seed said: “There is high demand for social housing in the district and we are very keen to reduce the housing waiting lists by getting people into private sector rented accommodation.
“To help people get into the private sector we will need to provide financial assistance with deposits and rent advance, as this is the area which often proves a barrier for would be tenants.
“The aim is to get 180 new tenancies across the partnership.
“We currently have a system where people bid for social housing and we are working on a bolt-on package to enable us to advertise private sector properties on the system and we are hoping landlords will use this opportunity to advertise free of charge on the new system when it becomes available later in the year. “
Cotswold District Council Cllr Lisa Spivey, added: “”Bringing down the ever growing housing waiting list needs to be tackled using a number of different approaches, and whilst this administration is committed to the direct delivery of more social and affordable rent properties, we recognise that it can’t happen overnight. Using the private rented sector is a way of keeping residents housed in the district and I really hope that landlords will see the many positives to this scheme.”
The event will take place on Monday, September 9, at The Bothy, Ashcroft Rd, Cirencester, between 10am and 12pm.
For more information contact Chauncy.firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01285 623346.