The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support councils seeking to innovate in meeting the housing needs of their communities. Applications for this year's programme are now closed.
Local government needs to be at the heart of the solution; as housebuilders, housing enablers and landlords; as planners, place-shapers and agents of growth, transport and infrastructure; as responsible guardians to the vulnerable and the homeless; as democratically accountable leaders in the communities we serve.
The LGA wants to help promote, facilitate and enhance the role and capacity of councils to meet their local housing need. This is the ambition of the Housing Advisers Programme, now in its fifth year.
The Housing Advisers Programme is designed to support councils by helping them meet their local housing need. It aims to be simple, flexible and locally led.
This year, the programme will prioritise strategic housing projects that will support councils in the direct delivery of new housing.
For 2021/22 the programme will aim to:
- make a significant difference to the housing crisis
- build capacity in councils, so there is a lasting impact long after the HAP funding ends
- ensure that projects can become sustainable in the longer term
- create learning about what works, so that the wider sector can benefit from the programme.
You can read about this year's successful applicants and their projects below:
- East Suffolk Council
Homelessness: Review existing temporary and emergency accommodation provision, and develop a business case for alternative approaches.
- Harborough District Council
Housing delivery: Explore and improve the delivery and provision of affordable 1-bedroom properties, by establishing ways to overcome barriers for private landlords and developers.
- Hertfordshire County Council
Homelessness: Investigate the options available to local authorities to work together to better meet the needs of families to deliver the right type of temporary accommodation.
- Leeds City Council
Homelessness: Develop an integrated approach between Housing Options team and Children's Social Work Services to identifying young people 'upstream' at risk of homelessness and deliver a joint approach and assessment process in preventing and responding.
- London Councils
Social housing management: Support implementation of the social housing white paper and achieve high quality landlord services by developing best practice principles and assurance framework proposals.
- Mid Devon District Council
Housing delivery: Enabling, encouraging and supporting Community Land Trusts, to address barriers to securing high quality affordable housing for local people.
- Portsmouth City Council
Housing delivery: Developing a sustainable model for older people's housing in the city to address wider housing need.
- Sefton Council
Housing delivery: Development of a business case and business plan for new council housing delivery to help meet housing need by supporting and directly contributing to the delivery of social and affordable housing.
- St Helens Council
Housing delivery: Exploring models for direct delivery and targeted intervention in the local housing market with a focus on strategic interventions for non-stockholding authority.
- West Berkshire Council
Homelessness: Improve access to private rented sector accommodation, increasing the availability of properties for those in housing need and to ensure measures are in place to prevent homelessness and to reduce repeat homelessness.
- Norwich City Council (with partners)
Building on last years No Homelessness in Norfolk project, support will develop co-design and co-production as an ongoing approach in ensuring everybody has a say in homelessness service development and delivery.
- Bolsover District Council
Undertake a feasibility study to determine whether mineral water energy could be used to heat new build proposals and retrofit existing properties, creating a positive story around the District’s coal mining legacy.
- Derbyshire Dales DC (with partner)
Review the local private rented sector to develop a strategy to understand and engage with the sector, to improve quality of accommodation, develop good management practices, and reduce the levels of homelessness.
- Nottingham City Council
Assess the suitability of a portfolio of approximately 50 small council-owned sites for housing development and make recommendations on the most appropriate delivery model to maximise their use.
- West Lindsey District Council
Review current temporary accommodation arrangements, assess need for temporary accommodation and explore solutions, to understand the challenges and provide a better service to vulnerable residents.
- North Kesteven District Council (with partners)
A solution focused study, providing partners with an understanding of the challenges in MMC delivery within the Greater Lincolnshire context and highlighting where public sector interventions can overcome challenges to significantly increase MMC capacity.
- Royal Borough of Greenwich
Explore how to use smart devices to incentivise positive behaviour change and support residents to reduce their energy consumption.
- Enfield Council
Assessing pathways and preventative measures for care leavers from becoming homeless.
- North Tyneside Council
Identifying the options available for renewable technologies in council new build properties, with an emphasis on running costs to offer affordable energy options for tenants.
- Blackpool Borough Council
Focused on the private rented sector, develop financial models which allow for the provision and fitting of solar onto domestic properties which delivers a return for investor and resident.
- Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Review the council’s new-build standards to deliver more sustainable zero-carbon homes, and improving the all-round environmental consciousness of homes.
- Isle of Wight
Identify and support households looking to 'RightSize' to homes that better meet their needs, to address under occupation and overcrowding.
- Wokingham Borough Council
Consider the housing needs and requirements of vulnerable adults within Adult Social Care (ASC) and those transitioning into ASC, to strategically plan for current and future provision more effectively.
- Reading Borough Council
Support the creation of a 15–20-year development and regeneration plan to review opportunities for intensification, estate improvements and provide clear guidance on sustainable, energy efficient development of affordable housing.
- Plymouth City Council
Support delivery of a new supported housing facility to provide temporary accommodation for homeless families.
- Torridge District Council
Building on the councils' investigation into the feasibility of becoming a direct housing provider, the project will explore how to reach a position to deliver new affordable housing through a partnership arrangement.
- Bristol City Council
Exploration of innovative design solutions for affordable housing on difficult sites, running a competition for architects to work with community groups.