The inception of Coventry Homefinder saw Coventry’s housing waiting list rise from 5,000 applicants to 27,000 applicants. Although it was noted that 49% of those who registered had never made a bid.
It is difficult to use the CBL waiting list as an indication of
housing need with such high levels of non-participation, but as Coventry have found it is more important to focus on the priority bands where the numbers of real housing need have tended to
remain the same throughout.
That the importance of any system being based on those most in need cannot be underestimated and this has certainly been highlighted throughout the research undertaken. The development of a banding mechanism could assist to ensure that those most in need for housing were prioritised accordingly within a Choice Based Lettings system. …;
Sustainable Communities Scrutiny Committee, Access to Social Housing in Sunderland Policy Review 2009/10.