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Assessment of need

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

1. Breakdown of the bands

Band A - Urgent Priority

Applicants in Band A have the highest priority. However, other options may still need to be sought so that Applicants can move more quickly. Our Housing Options Officer will discuss this with you.

This band includes the following:

  • Those with an urgent need to move as their current accommodation is unsuitable for their medical or disability needs and they are unable to be discharged home from hospital or other clinical or respite facilities
  • Where an applicant has a terminal illness and the current accommodation is unsuitable for their medical needs and end-of-life care
  • Households that need to move because they will experience severe physical or mental illness as a result of their present housing circumstances
  • Transfer applicants currently living in a property with significant adaptations to meet a disability need but those adaptations are not required by any member of the household
  • Transfer applicants who need to move because their home is scheduled for redevelopment by the Council or one of its development partners
  • Applicants who have been assessed by the Housing Allocations Panel as needing a move under the National Witness Mobility Programme (NWMP) or other similar vulnerable person protection scheme
  • Where the Private Sector Housing Team have assessed there are one or more Category 1 hazards (as assessed under the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme) or other severe property conditions that impose an imminent risk of harm to the occupants and remedial action is considered unreasonable or impractical for cost or other reasons
  • Applicants who have been assessed by the Housing Allocations Panel as needing a move due to an immediate, urgent or exceptional need
  • Where there is a rehousing obligation because a demolition, prohibition or compulsory purchase order has been served in respect of the applicant’s current accommodation
  • Transfer applicants who are looking to downsize and move to a home with at least one bedroom fewer than in their current home
  • Applicants who are living in accommodation with three bedrooms fewer than their assessed need Serving members of the Armed Forces who need to move because of a serious injury, medical condition or disability sustained as a result of their service
  • The bereaved spouse or civil partner of a member of the Armed Forces leaving Services Family Accommodation following the death of their spouse or partner.

Band B - High Priority

Applicants in Band B have a high priority but are still likely to have to wait some time to be rehoused.

This band includes the following:

  • Applicants who are living in accommodation with two bedrooms fewer than their assessed need
  • Homeless applicants where we have accepted the full rehousing duty to secure accommodation under part 7 of the Housing Act 1996 and they have the following additional needs:
    • Long-term health conditions that are unlikely to improve as assessed by the Housing Allocations Panel
    • Households where there is a need to place them in Gravesham due to Child Protection Plans under Children Act 1989
    • Households with children who have an Educational Health and Care Plan
    • Applicants who are unable to work as they are providing care for friends and family, and are in receipt of carer’s allowance
  • Applicants living in supported housing schemes within the borough (or temporarily displaced to a supported housing scheme in another borough) who have been assessed as ready to move on into independent living
  • Where the Private Sector Housing Team have assessed that there are one or more Category 1 hazards (as assessed under the Housing Health and Safety Rating Scheme) which are having a negative impact on the medical, disability or welfare needs of a member of the household and remedial action is considered unreasonable or impractical for cost or other reasons
  • Tenants occupying HM Forces service family accommodation who are threatened with homelessness because they have been served with a valid notice to vacate their tenancy (usually at least three months).

Band C - Priority

Applicants in Band C can expect to wait a long time to be rehoused. They may wish to look at other housing options to resolve their housing difficulties;

  • Homeless applicants where we have accepted the full rehousing duty to secure accommodation under part 7 of the Housing Act 1996, that are residing in temporary accommodation but who are not assessed as having additional needs
  • Verified rough sleepers who have a local connection to Gravesham
  • Applicants who are living in accommodation with one bedroom fewer than their assessed need
  • Households where one or more members are awarded a priority on medical, disability or welfare grounds as the current housing conditions are having a negative impact on the medical, disability or welfare needs of a member of the household
  • Households that would benefit from a move because they will experience a physical or mental illness as a result of their present housing circumstances, where the need to move is assessed as not urgent or life threatening.

Band D - Needing older person's (sheltered or extra care) housing or low priority

Applicants in Band D can expect to wait a very long time to be rehoused, unless they are applying for older person’s accommodation. They may wish to look at other housing options to resolve their housing difficulties;

  • Applicants assessed as needing sheltered accommodation who are not currently residing in sheltered accommodation
  • Homeless applicants where we do not owe a duty to secure accommodation, such as
    • non-priority homeless households; or
    • households assessed as having become homeless intentionally; or
    • those who are of no fixed abode, including those staying or “sofa surfing” with relatives or friends, or living in a garage, shed, outbuilding, car or tent; or
    • where we have a duty to relieve homelessness

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