This will provide tenants, homeless families and individuals and others
looking for a new home with greater choice in selecting housing.
social housing selection across the consortium, which comprises the London
local authorities in Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington,
Barnet and two housing associations Ujima and St Pancras. The focus will be
on extending home-seekers choice in the selection of properties to rent
across boroughs and across different housing providers. Tenants and
potential tenants will access the system using telephony with interactive
voice recognition and creative, web-based technology.
Using systems developed by Anite Public Sector and partner company,
Anite.net, the 'Home Connections' pilot will allow clients to be assessed
on-line and to seek and view properties prior to final assessment. The pilot
will also enable councils to promote housing outside London by linking to
systems in other major cities, such as Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Home
Connections is a direct response to initiatives by the government in the
housing green paper, 'Quality & Choice: A Decent Home for All'.
Michael Scorer, director of the Central London consortium: 'This
project aims to put ordinary people looking for a home in the driving seat
when it comes to assessing their options and prospects. The 'Home
Connection' pilot conforms to the e-government framework, supports existing
and emerging technologies and offers clients and councils alike a swift and
easy to use solution to housing both in the Borough and outside of London.
'The pilot will be funded by DTLR for the next 12 months, after which we are
hopeful that its success will mean choice-based letting becomes the way in
which all properties are let.'
Iain Daws, business development manager at Anite Public Sector said:
'We are delighted to be working on such an innovative project and one that
will dramatically enhance the provision of housing in London.'