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Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) – 2022/23 highlights

Our Housing Advisers Programme supported councils by helping them to meet their local housing needs in a simple, flexible, and locally led way.


In 2022/23, 21 successful projects received funding from our Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) to enable them to:

  • make a significant difference to a local housing, homelessness or planning / place-making challenge
  • build or unlock capacity to ensure lasting impact after the Housing Advisers Programme (HAP) funding ended
  • create and share learning about ‘what works’, so that the wider sector could benefit from the programme.

Grants for projects started in 2022/23 were delivered in January 2023 with projects due to be completed by 31 December 2023.




During 2022/23, programme highlights and achievements included:

  • 21 projects received funding of up to £20,000
  • 90 councils across England were involved in at least one HAP project
  • more than 90 per cent of HAP participants from 2020/21 and 2021/22 said that participation in the programme helped them to make progress towards their key goals and that they would recommend it to another local authority if asked
  • 100 per cent of HAP participants from 2020/21 and 2021/22 said that the Housing Advisers Programme had had a positive impact overall on their council’s ability to meet local housing needs
  • other partners on HAP projects included health authorities, the police, housing providers, the probation service, the Department for Work and Pensions and a local credit union
  • project areas included homelessness, green homes, housing supply, housing strategy and the private rented sector.



Case studies

Access our case studies from completed HAP projects from 2017–2022. New case studies are being added as projects are completed during 2023/24.

One case study highlights Sefton Council’s work on re-establishing the council's housing programme to increase the provision of social housing in Sefton.