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  1. Havering’s newHousing Strategy Our ambitious plans to deal with housing pressures andimprove housing optionsover the next three years

  2. Background Our existing Housing Strategy is out-of-date At the same time, most of our housing related Sub-strategies need updating So we have taken a new approach to refreshing all of our housing plans Now we have a complete series of up-to-date strategies that can be read as whole or separately

  3. There have been a number of national, regional and local policy changes Localism Act has enabled: reforms to the way we allocate social housing changes to the way we use the private rented sector Welfare Reforms means a focus on new homelessness prevention measures Reintegration of ALMO has brought the completion of Decent Homes in sight What has changed?

  4. Largest proportion of older people in London with high levels of under-occupation Stubbornly low average incomes with increasingly unaffordable house prices A private rented sector that has doubled but out of reach for many households Welfare reforms leading to potential homelessness and possible in-migration Some main housing pressures

  5. What we know Rising numbers of homelessness Parental evictions is still biggest reason and rising Loss of private tenancies has trebled over three years More-and-more young people approaching the Council BME residents are disproportionately affected What we will do Continue to use the PHST to prevent homelessness Review our approach to parental evictions Introduce a Landlord and Tenant Mediation Officer Offer more options for young people More research and outreach Homelessness

  6. What we know We have built 1770 Affordable Homes over the past 3 years But the HNS reported we need 1288 a year to meet demand 6650 people will need an affordable housing option over the next 3 years Over 1000 want a shared-ownership products What we will do Will plan to build 750 affordable homes over 3 years Initially split 50:50 between rental and share-ownership Use changes under the HRA to build our own homes Build smaller homes, such as bungalows, to encourage downsizing Make sure our products are actually affordable Affordable Housing

  7. What we know 18% of the population in Havering are over 65 This is set to rise to over 24% over next 10 years 73% of older people have no mortgage 85% have equity over £100k But 45% have less than 5k savings Over half of people over 65 have a a long-term illness What we will do Carry out specific, local housing research Help older people remain living at home through a range of advice and support Enable downsizing across all tenures Modernise the Council’s Sheltered Housing schemes and re-look at the demand for Extra Care Build new homes that older people want Older People

  8. What we know Private housing represents 86% of the total stock The private rented sector has doubled in last 10 years but we lack any other accurate data The private rented sector is now the main option to meet need We need to tackle rouge landlords operating in Havering Many vulnerable homeowners need help to remain living independently What we will do Vastly improve our intelligence of the private rented sector Use the PHST to continue to meet housing demand Offer new advice packages and possible accreditation Look at potential to develop new private rented homes Link to the previous actions of helping people remain at home Bring empty homes back into use Private Sector Housing

  9. What we know The 2011 Census revealed 20% of residents have a disability Over half are over 65 and most have a walking disability Numbers with a learning disability, particularly autism, and 16/17 year olds are on the rise There is often a mismatch between supply and demand We need to know more about the support needs of residents What we will do Work with ASC to develop up-to-date evidence of need Set up a Supported Housing Board Improve housing options for LD including proposed Council-built scheme and PHST Look at the feasibility of a 16/17 supported housing scheme Supported Housing