New Year - Let's Swap homes
Published by Natasha Jones for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
West Midlands Making Best Use of Stock Partnership (WMBUS) provides online solution to support residents who need to move home
With changes to the welfare system now in force, the West Midlands’ leading housing partnership has worked together to develop the Let’s Swap scheme. Let’s Swap allows residents across the West Midlands to get in touch if they want and need to move.
Unlike any other system it is focussed on swaps within the WMBUS partnership and is supported by a WMBUS co-ordinator who works with individual lead officers within each organisation proactively.
Since launching Let’s Swap in July 2013 over 4,000 customers have registered on the scheme and 60 residents have already exchanged their homes. The partnership is seeing the best use being made of housing stock, with customers downsizing and swapping with others who desperately need larger homes.
Speaking about the scheme, Di Middleton, chair of WMBUS, said: “We’ve worked extremely hard within the 29 strong partnership to launch Let’s Swap and this is evidence of the drive and determination of the partnership to find solutions that make a difference to local people across the West Midlands.”
Residents in the West Midlands who would like to register with Let’s Swap can visit www.lets-swap.org
WMBUS partners are; Birmingham LA; Coventry LA; Solihull LA; Wolverhampton LA; Walsall LA; Dudley LA; Sandwell LA; WM housing Group; Sanctuary Housing; Bromford; Viridian; Walsall Housing Group; Jephson Housing Group; Accord Group; Midland Heart; Solihull Community Housing; Orbit; CVCHA; Waterloo Housing; Trident Housing; Nehemiah – UCHA; Friendship Care and Housing; Bourneville Village Trust; Family Housing Trust; Wolverhampton Homes; Victoria Tenants co-operative; 20/20 Housing co-operative; Bordesley Green housing co-operative; Black Country Housing