LOCAL AUTHORITY HOUSING
Covering social and emergency housing
HOW WE HELP
By defining and measuring social value and charitable capital in land held or controlled by local authorities, and identifying best practice for maximising the delivery of public policy objectives to make housing available for those in need.
Many local authorities find themselves in a position of paying premium, hotel-style rates in order to accommodate urgent housing need. Our system of local authority partnership housing options helps convert an emergency to a short-notice housing supply, and at the same time we work with local authorities to increase their social housing capacity to mitigate the considerable cost of emergency unplanned housing provision.
Sometimes this can mean seeking the best market price, but where areas score low on indices of deprivation, it can be more financially beneficial to use land assets to leverage inward investment to focus on solving the social housing shortage crisis. This is where identifying the social value of land is so important.
A core pillar of accelerating social value proposition is by identifying and building strategic partnerships with neighbouring and regional local authorities. We support this through brokering needs provision in each case, with a regular report on options available for cooperation, as well as a report confidential to each local authority on their current KINs (key identified needs).
ENHANCING COMMUNITY AND LOCAL AUTHORITY ASSETS
INTRODUCING SOCIAL VALUE
Social value covers an array of urgent community needs and can include any of the following:
Improved community mental health
Reduced burden on the NHS and social care
Increased uptake of active travel solutions, identified by Central Government as a key metric in local authorities remaining fundable
Better employment, organised voluntary and local services, including youth support
Better overall utilisation of land, reducing the timescales during which land remains empty and with no community or policy benefits
Increase provision of social and emergency housing
INCREASING LAND UTILISATION
We have a specific suite of services to support the transition of under-utilised land for social and emergency housing purposes, including:
Partner with local authorities to use under-utilised land in community context
Strategies to reduce social housing costs and make more available
Ensuring the best value for councils to maximise the capital receipt of public good
Support to authorities to obtain dispensation to repurpose land assets for innovative social housing solutions
Feasibility studies on making more social housing available based on unique borough characteristics and resources
Designing pilots for innovation land use strategies for the purpose of building more social housing
Portfolio analysis to align housing portfolios to local authority strategic objectives
Management of social and emergency housing portfolios
With housing comes compliance oversight and management obligations. Using benchmarking analysis, we identify ways local authorities can improve their compliance ratings with Central Government and other investment stakeholders, in ways which also release the full value of the land by treating it as a strategic asset.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR EMERGENCY HOUSING
Occubly Technology creates software for emergency housing management.
Housing association software challenges are greater than traditional property and housing management solutions due to the data management challenge. This is characterised by the increased stakeholders that require alternative transaction structures and the enhanced needs of housing tenants such as financial, education and employment support in addition to basic housing needs.
Our software solutions are design bespoke for emergency housing agencies and include management and monitoring for:
Search and selection of a safe home
Education and skills training
Finding work and apply for jobs
Mental health and well-being
Complex invoicing and cost allocations
Compliance and property management
Occubly is a grant funded entity working with the Land Registry and Ordnance Survey investigating how to bring cutting edge technologies and solutions to Housing Providers at low cost. Our vision is to help increase the availability of homes to those in need in the UK.