The Housing Options Service forms part of the Housing Services provided by the Council and assists the Authority in the provision of housing advice under section 179 of the Housing Act 1996 as amended by the Homelessness Act 2002.
The main functions of the Housing Options Service are:
- To provide a housing advice service which will assist homeless households especially people deemed as not having a priority need or intentionally homeless.
- To provide advice on housing options throughout the district.
- Assistance in the prevention of homelessness particularly with regard to the provision of advice on legislation relating to private rented sector tenancies.
- Complaints of illegal eviction and or harassment by private landlords.
- To help people access accommodation in the private rented sector.
- Access to the rent advance and loss and damages deposit guarantee scheme operated by the Cannock Chase Churches Housing Coalition Scheme.
What The Housing Options Service is:
The Housing Options Service is:
FREE - we do not charge for our service
IMPARTIAL - we don't make judgements about you
CONFIDENTIAL - we keep your details strictly private
The Homelessness and Housing Options Service Statement on Equal Opportunities.
The Council recognises that there are groups in society that face disadvantage discrimination and will counteract this through a policy of equality of opportunity for all.
The Council is working towards equality of opportunity in the provision of services to the local community. The Council seeks to actively promote equality of opportunity within the local community and wishes to ensure that the needs of a particular group are not overlooked and that everybody has the opportunity to play a full and active life in the local community.
The Council accepts that as a service provider, it has a social and moral duty to promote equality of opportunity. The Council will comply with the statutory requirements laid down in the Race Relations Act (1976), the Sex Discrimination Act (1975) and the Disability Discrimination Act (1995).
Our equal opportunities policy aims to ensure that, within the framework of the law, no member of the public receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, marital status, disability, race, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation or on any other grounds.
If in doubt…GET ADVICE!
Contact the Housing Options Team 01543 462621
We have a customer charter that sets out
- what services we offer.
- what standards we set in providing these services to you - and publish our performance.
- what to do if you are not happy with the service provided.
- how we can help if you have special needs.
- How we can help if you have special needs.
- Interview you at a convenient place, if you are unable to come to our office.
- ensure that you only see an officer of the same sex wherever possible if you prefer.
- arrange for an interpreter if necessary.
- provide audio tapes of our leaflets for people with visual problems.
- provide wheelchair accessible offices and facilities.
- make appropriate arrangements for people with hearing difficulties
What we can do if things go wrong
We aim to provide an efficient and effective service at all times. However, things do go wrong and when this happens we want to put them right quickly. If you feel you have not been dealt with fairly, you can ask to see the manager, who will see you as soon as possible. However, sometimes this may not be possible and we will arrange an alternative time when you can be seen to discuss your concerns. We will seek to resolve any problems at that time.
Alternatively you can write to us OR ask the interviewing officer to record your complaint and pass this on to the manager. Should you do this, your letter will be answered by a manager within 10 working days of its receipt.
You may also make a complaint through the Council's official complaints procedure. Information about this can be also obtained at the Cannock Housing Office Telephone 01543 462621.
If you still remain dissatisfied, you can request that the Local Government Ombudsman undertakes an independent investigation into your case.
We promise at all times to give you an explanation of our actions, and if we have done something wrong to put it right and apologise.
Tenancy Support Services in Cannock Chase District
Tenancy Support Services are not provided by Cannock Chase Council, but by a range of organisations including Housing Associations and specialist support agencies. The contact details here were correct as of 21/03/2011.
If you have any difficulty in contacting one of these providers staff in the Supported Housing Team 01543 462621 will be able to provide you with up-to-date details.
Why is this relevant to me?
You may have held your tenancy for a number of years, just about to start a tenancy or simply considering making an application for housing with the Council, Housing Association or Private Landlord.
You may feel that you are not coping or may not cope with your tenancy obligations, household budgeting or the whole complex process of setting up a home for the first time.
You may believee that one of the providers listed might be able to support you through your problems/issues. In that case you can contact them directly to see if they can help you, or you can ask a Housing Officer or another person you know to make the referral on your behalf.
Another person, may be a support worker from another organisation, social worker, friend or relative that you may have advised that you need support/ assistance.
(Note: a referral can only be made with your express permission)
What is Tenancy Support?
Tenancy Support is a free service aimed at those who already hold a tenancy (Council, Housing Association or Private) or who are soon to begin such a tenancy, who require help and support to ensure that their tenancy succeeds.
The support is allocated on a need basis and is not available as a right. The service is intended to last no longer than 2 years. Most clients receiving Tenancy Support, however; find that after 12 months or even less they no longer require the support as they have established themselves in their home, and have control over the management of their affairs or issues that caused them to seek support.
Tenancy Support does not replace the work of a nurse, social worker, drug/alcohol adviser, Probation Officer or other statutory agency. It compliments and fills in some of the gaps that the support you are getting from elsewhere does not cover.
Who provides Tenancy Support?
Tenancy Support is provided to you by a Tenancy Support Officer who is employed by either a Housing Association or other Support Service. Their employer is funded by the County Council through a Supporting People Grant. The source of the grant is Central Government. The supporting people grant is monitored by the County Councils Joint Commissioning Unit who are also responsible for investigating any complaints concerning the services that are funded by Supporting Services.
How do I get support?
There are various routes to obtaining the support of a Tenancy Support Officer, firstly, you or the person representing you needs to identify the most appropriate Tenancy Support Service for your needs (see below). Help in deciding which provider to approach can be provided by the Housing or Housing Options Teams.
Each provider produces their own detailed literature outlining the service they provide, so it is always best to make contact with them before you apply or ask to be referred to them.
Once a provider has received your application or referral they will assess your needs and check that they are able to meet them, this may involve meeting you. If you are successful they will either begin to support you or advise you when the support may commence or help refer you to an alternative provider. Should you disagree with their refusal to provide you with support all providers have an appeals system which they will advise you of upon request.
What can a Tenancy Support Officer do for me?
Tenancy Support Officers do not provide care and do not do tasks such as shopping. However; if required they may go shopping with you to support you in gaining confidence in what to buy, where to go and what you can afford to spend.
Listed below are key tasks that a Tenancy Support Officer can provide for you:
- Advice, advocacy and liaison
- Access to local community organisations
- Culture-specific counselling/emotional support
- Help to develop domestic/life skills
- Help in finding other accommodation
- Emotional support, counselling and advice
- Help in establishing personal safety and security
- Help in establishing social contacts and activities
- Help in gaining access to other services
- Help managing finances and benefit claims
- Help in setting up and maintaining a home or tenancy
- Help maintaining the safety and security of the dwelling
- Liaison and advocacy support from the same ethnic group
- Peer support and befriending
- Risk Assessment
- Sign posting to culture specific health/treatment services
- Sign posting to culture specific legal services
Not all of these services will be available for every Tenancy Support Service and in cases where you are supported by a Specialist Tenancy Support provider such as one supporting your mental health issues, deafness, drug/alcohol rehabilitation etc, some more specific support may well be provided.
Listed below is a brief outline of all the Supporting People funded Tenancy Support providers working in the Cannock Chase District, plus some additional support agencies that may also be of assistance to you oe someone you know: List of Support Providers
Accord Housing Association -
At Home Floating Support or Dementia Services
Dora Scott - Tel: 0121 568 3965
Male victims of violence or DV -
Domestic Violence Hotline - Tel: 01782 205500, Mon-Fri 10.00am-3.00pm
Support service for deaf/deaf blind and hard of hearing individuals providing housing related support.
Helen Butcher (Social Worker) - Tel: 0121 246 6100 - Minicom: 0121 246 6101 - Fax: 0121 246 6141
Generic Floating Tenancy Support - Socially excluded groups
Community Network Service - Floating Support for adults with learning difficulties
Older Peoples Floating Support -Over 55's - Tenants and Home Owners
Young Families Scheme - Accommodation Based Support for young families aged 16-29yrs
Bromford Support - Tel: 01902 741 573
Heatun Housing Association
Tenancy Support for ex-offenders
Val Morris - Tel: 01902 571160
Provide time limited support for people experiencing enduring mental health difficulties to regain and retain the necessary skills required to enable them to progress to independant living and maintain a tenancy in the community.
Avalon House - Tel: 01543 466 604 - Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Staffordshire Womens Aid
DV floating support outreach. Breaking the cycle of DV
24hr help line and referral number - Tel: 0870 2700 123
Last Updated: 27/07/2015