New standardised approach to housing applications

Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Waltham Forest Council and Ascham Homes have been working together to streamline the process of support letters for homeless persons’ applications, housing transfers and other housing needs assessments.

In the revised approach, housing applicants will no longer need to ask their GP to write an individual housing support letter. Instead, GPs will now complete an official form sent to them by Ascham Homes to verify a patient’s disability or medical condition.

This will then enable Ascham Homes to take the information into account when considering the suitability of their home or place where they live.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This new approach is good news for local people requiring their housing needs to be assessed for medical reasons, as they will not be burdened with the job of requesting a support letter from their GP.

“It is also a fantastic example of the Council, CCG and Ascham Homes working in partnership to ensure a clear, consistent and fair system is in place to help residents making housing applications.”

Dr Anwar Khan, local GP and chair of the Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“This new standardised approach will make it easier for local residents to get the proper support they need for their housing applications.

“The official letter means that residents who need support in their applications will receive more consistent support across the borough, which is great news for residents.”

Residents who need support for their homeless persons’ applications, housing transfers and other housing needs assessments should contact Ascham Homes about their current housing.