With a number of schemes for affordable homes in the pipeline, a meeting has been organised in Wooler to look at how properties are allocated.
The event, which takes place in the Cheviot Centre next Friday between 10am and 12.30pm, has been organised by three parish councillors under the banner of C4A (Co-ordinating for Age).
It will involve members of C4A, representatives of Glendale Gateway Trust and some of the housing providers in the area and will look at how Homefinder – the county council’s system for allocating social housing – works, as well as looking at ways that the community could access the system more easily.
One of the organisers, Alfreda Hindmarsh, said: “Firstly, a lot of people don’t know about Homefinder. Secondly, if you don’t have a computer, you are stuck.
“But there could be other ways of accessing the Homefinder system, for example, elderly people being able to go into the Cheviot Centre and see what houses are available.
“The event is about bringing all the issues out into the open and seeing how we can move forward.”
To be considered for a property, you must apply to join the housing register by filling in a form available at any council office or online.
Available properties are advertised on the council website, at council contact centres and other locations such as libraries and CAB as well as on an automated telephone line on 0845 6066546 between Thursday and Monday. You can bid via the website – www.northumberlandhome finder.org.uk – or at any of the locations listed above. You can also call 0845 270 1977 or text 07781 486956.