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Housing Assistance Consultation

We want to help people stay healthy and independent in their own homes for a long as possible by making sure the property is safe and meets their needs

The draft Folkestone and Hythe District Housing Assistance Policy 2018-2022 sets out the Council's aims and priorities for investing in and improving the private housing stock of the district. We want to help people stay healthy and independent in their own homes for a long as possible by making sure the property is safe and meets their needs..

The document has been developed around seven priorities for the district:

  • To remove serious (category 1) hazards in homes occupied by people on low income
  • To bring empty homes back into use
  • To provide adaptations to existing homes to meet disabled people's needs
  • To assist with essential works to help disabled, vulnerable and elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own home
  • To enable homes to be efficiently heated for anyone whose long term illnesses, age or disability makes them vulnerable to the cold, or falls in the home
  • To support schemes that allow residents to be discharged from hospital back into their home safely, and to reduce the risk of future hospital admissions by ensuring that the home is free from hazards
  • To ensure that assistance is used as effectively as possible; that funds are recycled where possible, and to provide assistance to those in greatest need.

Before we progress this policy we are inviting comments on the draft.

Once it is adopted it will be regularly reviewed to check and monitor progress against our objectives.

We would welcome your comments on the draft document and will be consulting widely over the next few months. The final version is expected to be ready in the autumn.

You can read the draft policy here: word icon Housing Assistance Policy - draft [1Mb]

Comment here

Please take the time to answer the questions below to let us know your views by 24th September 2018.